10/29/2010 02:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

FCC To Address Cyberbullying At Schools With Government-Subsidized Internet

In recent years, school bullying has increasingly gone online with more students using social media websites and other Internet tools to harass fellow students.

This surge of cyberbullying frequently targets gay youth, upping rates of teen suicide across the nation.

Now, Reuters reports the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to intervene to reduce cyberbullying at American schools.

According to Reuters,

The Federal Communications Commission said it will soon issue an order to schools receiving funds from the E-rate program, which subsidizes school Internet access, to address cyberbullying and improper use of sites like Facebook and MySpace.

The FCC says that the majority of public schools have their Internet subsidized by the federal E-rate program. Schools using this funding will now be required to include Internet safety education in curriculum.