Bill Safeguards Sexting Minors From Megan's Law

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014  |  Updated 11:36 AM EDT
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An updated version of Megan's Law is awaiting signature by Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey.

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An updated version of Megan's Law is awaiting signature by Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey.

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Minors in New Jersey who engage in sexting would not be placed on the state's Megan's Law registry under a bill that has received final legislative approval.

The Legislature on Monday sent the bill to Gov. Chris Christie.

The measure also imposes a $30 a month fee on those convicted of sex offenses. The money would be used to cover the expense of supervising the offenders.

The bill would provide training for parole officers to determine if supervised sex offenders have illegally used electronic devices in violation of restrictions.

Students in New Jersey could also be getting some social media training in school.

Lawmakers on Monday also sent Christie a bill that would help educate students on the responsible use of social media and its many pitfalls. The instruction would take place in grades 6 to 8.

Students would be taught social media behavior that ensures cyber safety and the potential negative consequences of failing to use various social media platforms responsibly, including cyber bullying.

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle of Bergen County says it's important to teach kids at an early age to responsibly use the tools so they don't make foolish mistakes that could derail their lives.

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