School districts in Arizona must teach cyber bullying awareness, monitor online chats and keep tabs on social media in schools starting this week as part of a strengthened Children’s Internet Protection Act. With the school year still a month away for most districts, several school boards have made changes to their decades-old policies and get discounts of as much as 90% on their telecommunication bills.

The Peoria Unified School District recently expanded its policy to comply with the new guidelines from the Federal Communications Commission. Mesa Public Schools, the largest district in the state with 64,000 students, also requires students to attend anti-bullying awareness classes, which include rules against harassing students online at school. In the coming school year, the district is also teaming up with researchers at Arizona State University in a program about the best ways to reduce bullying, said Paul Boyer, spokesman for Mesa Public Schools.

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