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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill to strengthen a state law addressing online bullying of children.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously Thursday. It now goes to the House.

Sen. Robert Zirkin, the bill sponsor, says the 2013 law hasn't kept pace with technology and needs updating.

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A Delaware state panel is calling for renewed efforts to deal with violence in the state’s schools.

The recommendations by the Special Committee on School Safety were put together after the deaths of two students at Howard High School of Technology.

The involved 16 year-old Amy Joyner-Francis who died in April from an assault and 15 year-old Brandon Wingo who was shot and killed just blocks from the high school.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A pilot program to help prevent cyberbullying on Facebook is getting underway in Maryland.

Attorney General Doug Gansler is scheduled to help kick off the initiative on Friday in Annapolis.

Educators from nearly every jurisdiction in Maryland are scheduled to attend. Gansler's office says the session is being led by one of Facebook's top public policy and community engagement experts.

The initiative will give educators a direct link to Facebook personnel to help address online bullying.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County Public Schools officials say 11 Annapolis High School students have been disciplined for cyberbullying.

Schools spokesman Bob Mosier says officials learned of the incident Monday and punishments were handed down Tuesday after an investigation into comments attached to a picture of a student posted on social media. He says a photo of a student taken without that student's knowledge was texted to other students and subsequently posted on social media.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is announcing a new initiative against cyberbullying in a partnership with Facebook.

Gansler made the announcement Thursday. The initiative will give educators a direct connection to address issues of online bullying in their school systems.

Facebook outlined the pilot project, which is being described as the first of its kind in the country, at the Maryland Association of Boards of Education fall conference.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Delegate Jon S. Cardin wants to make cyberbullying illegal in the state of Maryland.

Cardin will hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss cyberbullying and the impact digital harassment can have on Maryland children and families.

The Baltimore County Democrat has already introduced legislation to outlaw the practice of cyberbullying.

The bill prohibits individuals from using a computer to publicly threaten a child, post sexually explicit or private information about a child, or intentionally inflict emotional harm on a child.

The public is getting a chance in writing to weigh in on cyberbulling in Delaware through February 15th.

State education officials are working up new regulations first proposed in October.

The cyberbullying policy will cover postings on sites ranging from Facebook and Twitter to MySpace, YouTube, and Pinterest.

The new rules would deal with electronic communication aimed at an identifiable student or group of students or that may interfere with a student’s physical well-being.

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Delaware students who ‘cyberbully’ may not be able to hide on the Internet for much longer.

On Thursday, the Senate OK’D Senate Bill 193 calling for the State Department of Education to adopt a uniform statewide cyberbullying policy.