SACRAMENTO, CA – Following strong bipartisan support, the Governor signed Senate Bill 366, authored by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), that will equip students in higher education with preventative and educational information about cyberbullying. Women and LGBT college-aged students are at a higher risk of being victims of cyber-bullying.
“Cyber-harassment does not end once college begins. I’ve had the opportunity to hear from many parents and students in my district. They’ve shared their struggles with cyberbullying, and their stories inspired this legislative action. I’m proud to help college students have a safe and positive college experience.
“I’m grateful the governor signed this timely and bipartisan legislation – the first of its kind in California,” said Senator Ling Ling Chang.
The newly-signed legislation requires the California State University and requests the University of California to provide preventative strategies about cyberbullying during student orientation.
Cyberbullying has been linked to suicide, alcoholism, and depression in higher education. A survey study showed that those who were involved with cyberbullying were almost three times more likely to meet the criteria for clinical depression than those with no cyberbullying experience.
SB 366 is the first bill in California to address cyberbullying in higher education and carries the support of the California State Student Association.