Arndt Champions Legislation Underscoring Dangers Of Cyber Bullying
Local constituent inspires S.M.A.R.T. parent bill

COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton) applauded the Ohio House for yesterday passing legislation he sponsored that raises awareness for cyberbullying in Ohio’s schools. 

House Bill 315 designates October 6th as S.M.A.R.T. Parent Day, which stands for Social Media Awareness, Respect and Timing Parent Day. With the goal of bringing attention to the prevalence of harassment and cyber bullying among children and teens, the bill works to encourage parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of cyberbullying while also helping parents recognize the signs of cyberbullying. The bill also sheds light on the link between cyberbullying and instances of suicide, focusing on preventing these kinds of tragedies in a world where modern technology is used more than ever to communicate, especially among teens and young adults.

“I was pleased to sponsor this legislation on behalf of my constituent, Britain Bennett, who has worked tirelessly in my community to combat the effects of bullying,” said Rep. Arndt. “This legislation will help make parents aware of the signs of social media and cyber bullying and create a safer environment for our children.”

Rep. Arndt introduced the legislation after Ms. Bennett brought the idea forward in response to her own struggles with cyberbullying in the hopes of raising awareness and encouraging prevention.

“Social media awareness is something that needs to be taken more seriously due to the fact that technology is taking over our generation. This is one step closer in the right direction,” said Ms. Bennett.

The bill will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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