During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increase in use of digital platforms — especially social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and others. Research now shows that many increased hours spent online may be associated with cyberbullying.

With more and more reports surfacing about the increase in cyberbullying, especially among school children, several lawmakers are focusing the issue. Three State Senators are working to push legislation introduced last year — Senate Bill 316 — in the upcoming 2022 session. Authored by Sen. Jason Anavitarte (R-Dallas), along with co-sponsors Senator Brian Strickland (R-McDonough), Senator Randy Robertson (R-Cataula), this legislation would require local boards of education to notify students and their parents that certain acts of cyberbullying may be considered stalking. 

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