SENATE, No. 1542

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 9, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JAMES BEACH

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires school districts to annually disseminate information to students and parents or guardians on the dangers of distributing sexually explicit images through electronic means.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning the distribution of certain information by school districts and supplementing chapter 37 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    A school district shall annually disseminate information to students in grades 6 through 12 and their parents or guardians on the dangers of distributing sexually explicit images through electronic means.  The information shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the practice and its legal, psychological, and sociological implications.  The school district may disseminate the information by any means it deems appropriate including, but not limited to, pamphlets, posters, and other educational materials, new or existing instructional programs or assemblies, and meetings with parents or guardians after regular school hours.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately and shall first apply to the 2012-2013 school year.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires school districts to annually disseminate information to students in grades 6 through 12 and their parents or guardians on the dangers of distributing sexually explicit images through electronic means, a practice commonly referred to as “sexting.”  Under the bill, the information must include a description of the practice and its legal, psychological, and sociological implications.  The bill permits a school district to disseminate the information by any means it deems appropriate, including pamphlets, posters, and other educational materials, new or existing instructional programs or assemblies, and meetings with parents or guardians after regular school hours.