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October: Child Abuse Prevention month
As Delaware’s Attorney General, Beau been at the forefront of the fight to protect children. Recently, Prevent Child Abuse Delaware recognized his efforts by presenting him with the “Champion for Children” award.
October is Child Abuse Prevention month in Delaware. This month, visit Prevent Child Abuse Delaware’s website by clicking here, and then see below to learn more about Beau’s work to fight child abuse.
For even more resources on how to prevent child abuse in your communities, check out www.DEletebullying.org.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden visited The Jefferson School Sept. 19 to help kick off the school year’s anti-bullying campaign.
Biden spoke to the entire student body, preschool through eighth grade, in a relaxed question-and-answer forum. The students answered many questions on the subject of bullying and asked even more. The attorney general has spoken to more than 20,000 Delaware school children about how to stay safe online and the dangers of bullying since taking office in 2007.
Before the start of the school year, teachers in the Indian River School District received words of wisdom from the state Attorney General’s office.
Attorney General Beau Biden spoke to half of the district’s teachers at Indian River High School, while Patricia Dailey Lewis, director of the office’s family division, spoke to remaining staff members at Sussex Central High School.
Senate Bill 193, sponsored by Sen. David Sokola and Rep. Terry Schooley, allows the Attorney General’s office to defend school districts and charter schools if they face a legal challenge after implementing a statewide cyberbullying policy.
Attorney General Beau Biden and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn began the process of drafting the statewide cyberbulling policy in the spring when they held statewide public hearings to gather factual evidence from school administrators and parents about the type of off-campus activity causing disruption in our schools.
Beau Biden, attorney general for the state of Delaware, recently addressed Sanford middle school students.
During two assemblies, the attorney general talked to fifth through eighth grade students about their safety. His specific messages focused on bullying, cyberbullying, communicating with parents, and following safe practices when using the Internet and social media. In addition to delivering an informative, kid-friendly presentation, Attorney General Biden gave each student a packet of information to share with family members.
Denn said he and Biden are looking for real-life examples of cyberbullying, to see how a possible law would apply.
There is no such thing as a schoolyard bully anymore, in the age of constant online communication and social networking, Biden said.
“For schools to be the safe places that children deserve, they must be able to effectively fight bullying that may originate off school grounds, but follows its victims 24 hours a day,” Biden said.
The legislation would require districts to report incidents of bullying.
Attorney General Beau Biden says that’s something that obviously isn’t happening and the statistics show.
“Last year there were 38 incidents of bullying reported from Lauren to the DOE. William Penn High School, which represents well over 2,000 students, 0 cases of bullying reported,” explains Biden.
Wilmington, Del. — State lawmakers are putting more pressure on school officials to report bullying with beefed up legislation and new requirements including random audits by the Department of Education.
Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and Attorney General Beau Biden were joined by members of the General Assembly in Wilmington Friday to introduce new steps the state is taking to fight bullying within Delaware’s schools.