Students & Parents
Cyberbullying means bullying arising from a pattern of acts or one significant act that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including a cellular or other type of phone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, and Internet website, or any other internet-based communication tool.
Where does the law apply?
Bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off of school property.
Bullying occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to or from school or a school-sponsored or school-related activity.
Cyberbullying occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related activity if the cyberbullying interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity.
Is cyberbullying protected free speech? NO
How can bullying and cyberbullying be punished?
A school can remove a student who is engaging in bullying activity from class and place them in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) or expel them if they encourage a student to commit or attempt to commit suicide, incite violence against a student through group bullying, or release or threaten to release intimate visual material of a minor or student who is 18 years of age or older without the student’s consent.
Under David’s Law, if a person commits an offense under the cyberbullying provision of the Harassment Statute (Section 42.07 of the Texas Penal Code), it is a Class A misdemeanor (rather than merely a Class B) if
The offense was committed against a child under 18 years of age with the intent that the child commit suicide or engage in conduct causing serious bodily injury to the child; or
The person has previously violated a temporary restraining order or injunction issued under the new civil provisions in David’s Law.
For other forms of bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment, the GISD Student Code of Conduct will apply.
NOTE: When applicable, bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment will be reported by the school to the proper authorities for possible criminal prosecution.
What are the civil remedies for cyberbullying?
Temporary restraining orders against the cyberbully
An injunction against cyberbullying to stop the cyberbullying
An injunction against the parents of the cyberbully, requiring the parents to take action to stop their child from cyberbullying
The red ellipsis symbol serves as a reminder of the dangers of cyberbullying. By placing this sticker on my phone or computer,
I pledge to NEVER use my device as a weapon
David’s Law aims to end cyberbullying in Texas. Visit davidslegacy.org to learn how you can make a difference.)
Crisis Text Line: 741741 Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor or visit Crisis Text Line
Creating a Positive Digital Footprint (GISD Newsletter)
GISD Technology Acceptable Use Policy (Policy Link)
GISD Technology Internet Safety Plan and Cyber Safety (Safety Link)