Cyberbullying and other Online Safety Issues for Children, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, on H.R. 1966 and H.R. 3630, September 30, 2009   [open pdf - 8MB]

From the opening statement of Robert C. Scott: "The term 'cyberbullying' has many different definitions and can cover many different types of speech. It can consist of rumors or lies, a publication of something meant to be private, or the impersonation of another person. Or it can encompass more problematic speech, involving threats, stalking, or predatory behavior. [...] H.R. 1966, the 'Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act,' addresses the problem by creating a new Federal crime prohibiting communications made with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress that use electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior. [...] H.R. 3630, the 'Adolescent Web Awareness Requires Education Act,' the 'WARE Act,' seeks to address the problem of online safety issues for youth, including cyberbullying, through education and prevention. It creates a grant program to be implemented by the Attorney General in accordance with best practices and authorizes $125 million for grants to carry out Internet crime awareness and cyber-crime prevention programs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. Scott, Subcommittee Chair (D-VA); Louie Gohmert, Ranking Member (R-TX), Linda T. Sanchez, (D-CA); Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Robert M. O'Neil, Law Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia; Judi Westberg Warren, President, Web Wise Kids; Harvey A. Silverglate, Attorney, Zilkind, Rodriguez, Lunt and Duncan, LLP; Nancy Willard, Director, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use; and John Palfrey, Law Professor, Harvard Law School.

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