A school in New York is attempting to make a change in order to protect their students. Test schools will be implementing new technology that will hopefully put an end to not only bullying, but also vaping and e-cigarettes.
In July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo banned the use of e-cigarettes on all public and private school grounds.
“This measure will further this administration’s efforts to combat teen smoking in all its forms and help create a stronger, healthier Empire State for all,” Cuomo said. He pointed out that "nicotine use in any form has been shown to be damaging to teens, and this measure will close a dangerous loophole that allows e-cigarettes to be used on school grounds in New York.”
As for bullying, it's no secret the rate of affected students is rapidly increasing. 1 in 5 kids are bullied in New York schools, with a lot of that happening online.
“When examining cyberbullying separate from school bullying, girls were more likely than boys to be cyberbullied — 13 percent vs. 9 percent,” one report said.
Because of fear they may face about interacting with their bullies, victims are six times more likely to skip class to avoid confrontation which can permanently affect their grades.
These statistics are why some schools in New York will be testing out new technology to hopefully reduce the amount of bullying and vaping on campus.
So how will it work?