A bipartisan bill on cyberbullying awareness education in California’s higher education system has advanced from the California State Assembly and has now cleared the California Senate. California Future Caucus Co-Chairs Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) and Evan Low (D-San Jose) co-authored the bill.
Introduced in February 2016, the bill was ordered to the Senate in early May following a 79-0 vote in the Assembly. If signed into law, AB-2732 would require that all incoming students in the University of California system be given important information during orientation about the risks of cyberbullying and guidelines for how to diffuse, deescalate, and prevent its occurrence. While rigorous standards for cyberbullying education efforts exist at the K-12 level in California, the bill would be the first to mandate such education efforts into colleges around the state.
Millennials understand the threat and impact of cyberbullying all too well. Without proper resources or support, victims of cyberbullying often carry higher risks for substance abuse, depression, and even self-harm.
The goal of the California Future Caucus is to foster a nonpartisan community of young state-elected officials that models post-partisan leadership on future-oriented issues facing America’s next generation. To learn more about the California Future Caucus, click here.
This post was updated to reflect the bill's success in the Senate.