The need of bullying laws is obvious as almost every day, we are bombarded by news here and there about the devastating effects of bullying. Bullying becomes more common recently, that most people already have the perception that bullying is normal. But are the damages done by bullying really justifiable? Is it really normal for young adults to end their lives because of bullying?
Consider these facts:
- In UK alone, an estimated number of 15-25 children committed suicide because of being bullying victims.
- Nearly 30% of students are victims of bullies.
- More than 160,000 children choose to stay home rather than attend classes due to fear of bullying.
- In Britain, more than half of the suicides among children and young people are due to bullying.
Those horrifying facts and more have been circulating the news all over the world.
That is where the need for strong enforcement of bullying laws should be seriously considered.
Bullying Laws in the US
In 2002, the US Secret Service released a report that bullying is indeed to be blamed in many school shootings that happened in the past. To eliminate such unpleasant behavior, all schools should give teeth to the anti-bullying law.
There are already 49 states in the USA where anti bullying laws are already administered. The last being South Dakota.
In addition, some states in the USA already implemented bullying laws to further protect the safety of school children and the school premises as well. However, different implementations were applied based on the extremity of punishment, scope of the law, and coverage of basis.
- States where anti-bullying law is already implemented but has no available categories listed for protection.
- States where the anti-bullying law prohibits bullying of school children based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
- States where teachers receive ethical code and school regulations that address bullying students based on sexual orientation.
- States where anti-bullying law of students is implemented based on sexual orientation.
Bullying Laws Around the World
Aside from the USA, other countries took active participation to enforce their respective bullying laws that protect school children within the premises of their schools, as well as adults in their respective work places.
- UK – Charity Act Against Bullying 2003
- Philippines – Anti-Bullying Act of 2012 (House Bill 5496)
- Australia – Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 in Queensland and The Prevention of Workplace Harassment Code of Practice 2004 in Victoria
- Canada – Bill-29 2007 in Ontario protecting workers from violence and harassment within the workplace
- Ireland – Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005
- Sweden – Ordinance of the Swedish National Board of Occupational Safety and Health
Cyber Bullying Laws in the US
Meanwhile, cyber bullying causes as much damage as traditional bullying. Along with many anti-bullying laws, laws pertaining to cyber bullying are also incorporated. Some cyber bullying laws are:
- California – California State Legislature 2008
- Connecticut – Public Act 11-232
- Some US states already geared on penalizing cyber bullying. Among them are:
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Some US States already passed the law against digital harassment in 2007. Among them are:
- New York
- Rhode Island
We could not waste a single moment and just watch the alarming news on bullying envelope the entire society. There is so much that all of us can do. With strong enforcements of bullying laws and cyber bullying laws, the efforts to finally stop bullying of any kind will never be futile.