On July 1st, Oregon added six new state laws to its list of regulations. One of them protects students from harassment at school and in cyber space. At the Medford School District office, administrators began making changes to their policy handbook a year ago. As social media emerged, the Medford School District began adding a web component in the early 2000’s to its policies.

“It’s more challenging for us because it’s many times something that happened on the weekend or in the evening or somebody on Facebook,” explains Medford School District Superintendent, Dr. Phil Long. While the bullying might happen outside the classroom, new policies include training educators to become more sensitive to what begins affecting learning. But the focus isn’t always on the bully; officials say it’s important to keep an eye on the victim of that offense too.

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