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S07051 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
            Cal. No. 1031
                    IN SENATE
                                      March 5, 2008
          ROBACH, SEWARD, TRUNZO, VOLKER, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered print-
          ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education  --

          reported  favorably  from  said committee, ordered to first and second
          report, ordered to a third reading,  amended  and  ordered  reprinted,
          retaining its place in the order of third reading
        AN  ACT  to  amend the education law, in relation to instruction in safe
          and responsible use of the internet
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that
     2  today's  children  have  grown  up  in  the age of the internet and most
     3  consider it  a  valuable  conduit  for  high-speed  learning,  research,
     4  socialization,  communication,  recreation and global outreach. However,
     5  the internet has also become a hunting ground for predators.
     6    The legislature finds that the U.S. Department of Justice reported  in

     7  2006  that  one  in  five  children,  ages ten to seventeen, received an
     8  unwanted sexual solicitation online, but only 25% of children  who  have
     9  been  solicited told a parent according to the National Center for Miss-
    10  ing and Exploited Children. In addition, increasing numbers of  children
    11  are subjected to intimidation, harassment and bullying via the computer,
    12  websites,  chat  rooms,  text  messaging  and  cell  phones. From a 2004
    13  survey, I-SAFE, a non-profit youth internet safety  foundation,  reports
    14  that  42%  of kids have been bullied while online and 1 in 4 have had it
    15  happen more than once.
    16    The legislature further  finds  that  students  do  not  report  these
    17  contacts  because  they  do  not recognize the tactics used by predators
    18  under the cloak of electronic anonymity to  lure,  victimize  and  abuse

    19  their  victims.  Those  who  are bullied can also be reluctant to report
    20  attacks for fear of losing access to the internet or  because  they  are
    21  not prepared to deal with virtual-life challenges.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 7051--A                          2
     1    The  intent  of this legislation is to raise awareness of the need for
     2  vigilance and to ensure that students and  parents  have  comprehensive,
     3  age appropriate internet safety resources throughout their school tenure
     4  that  will  enable  students  to maximize the internet's potential while
     5  protecting   them  from  sexual  predators  and  others  with  malicious
     6  intentions.

     7    § 2. Section 814 of the education law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     8  subdivision 3 to read as follows:
     9    3.  The commissioner shall develop age-appropriate resources and tech-
    10  nical assistance for schools to provide  to  students  in  grades  three
    11  through  twelve and their parents or legal guardians concerning the safe
    12  and responsible use of the internet. The resources  shall  include,  but
    13  not be limited to, information regarding how child predators may use the
    14  internet  to lure and exploit children, protecting personal information,
    15  internet scams and cyber-bullying.
    16    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the commis-
    17  sioner of education shall develop the technical  resources  required  by
    18  section two of this act within 180 days of such effective date.

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