Earlier this month, a California bill passed its first legislative hurdle on its way to becoming state law. The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act was passed by the state Assembly Education Committee unanimously. While this bill is likely being supported by the very best intentions of lawmakers, it is important that parents and teachers of children with disabilities consider the bill’s proposals carefully.
Kids and teens are increasingly connecting with one another via cellphones and the Internet. In addition to email accounts, many kids and teens regularly interact with various social media sites and other Internet-based forms of networking. These communication tools can help students organize events, stay in touch with friends who are far away and network with others on topics that mutually interest them.