There is an interesting and timely bill in Washington called the "School and Family Education about the Internet Act of 2009" (Safe Internet Act).
The bill, S.1047, is sponsored by New Jersey United States Senator Robert Menendez. In a nutshell, the legislation is designed to teach students, parents and educators about responsible Internet use by providing $35 million in competitive grants to state and local educational agencies and nonprofit organizations, for the purpose of integrating Internet safety curricula into our schools.
Approximately 93% of 12 to 17 year olds are online and 89% of 13 to 19 year olds have profiles on social networking sites. while the Internet offers tremendous positive benefits, unfortunately, according to the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, almost half of all children surveyed say they have been cyberbullied, mostly by other minors.
Senator Mendendez is looking for cosponsors among his collegues for this critically important legislation. While the actual bill details need further review, especially the guidelines for the monitoring and use of the grant money, I hope that Democrats and Republicans can find a way to support this legislation.