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Public Act 095-0509


 

Public Act 0509 95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 095-0509
 
SB1472 Enrolled LRB095 11008 RAS 31318 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
27-13.3 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/27-13.3 new)
    Sec. 27-13.3. Internet safety education curriculum.
    (a) The purpose of this Section is to inform and protect
students from inappropriate or illegal communications and
solicitation and to encourage school districts to provide
education about Internet threats and risks, including without
limitation child predators, fraud, and other dangers.
    (b) The General Assembly finds and declares the following:
        (1) it is the policy of this State to protect consumers
    and Illinois residents from deceptive and unsafe
    communications that result in harassment, exploitation, or
    physical harm;
        (2) children have easy access to the Internet at home,
    school, and public places;
        (3) the Internet is used by sexual predators and other
    criminals to make initial contact with children and other
    vulnerable residents in Illinois; and
        (4) education is an effective method for preventing
    children from falling prey to online predators, identity
    theft, and other dangers.
    (c) Each school may adopt an age-appropriate curriculum for
Internet safety instruction of students in grades kindergarten
through 12. It is hereby recommended that the curriculum
provide for a minimum of 2 hours of Internet safety education
each school year that includes instruction on each of the
following topics:
        (1) Safe and responsible use of social networking
    websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards,
    instant messaging, and other means of communication on the
    Internet.
        (2) Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online
    solicitations of students, their classmates, and their
    friends by sexual predators.
        (3) Risks of transmitting personal information on the
    Internet.
        (4) Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive
    communications received online.
        (5) Recognizing and reporting online harassment and
    cyber-bullying.
        (6) Reporting illegal activities and communications on
    the Internet.
        (7) Copyright laws on written materials, photographs,
    music, and video.
    (d) Curricula devised in accordance with subsection (c) of
this Section may be submitted for review to the Office of the
Illinois Attorney General.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/28/2007