Last Friday, Governor Brown signed a bill updating state law to help prevent cyber bullying in California schools. He approved AB 746 by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San José) which includes posting on social networking websites, such as Facebook and MySpace, in the definition of bullying by electronic acts. California students will be subject to suspension or expulsion for committing acts of hate violence, intentional harassment, threats or other types of intimidation on these sites.

“The increase in popularity of social networks has also brought an increase in abuse and in some instances depression and suicide,” said Assemblymember Campos in a press release.

The measure becomes effective on January 1, 2012.

For a full analysis of bill AB 746 click here: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0701-0750/ab_746_cfa_20110609_150101_sen_floor.html