H.R. 780: Student Internet Safety Act of 2009

H.R. 780

Student Internet Safety Act of 2009

June 15, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 780 on Monday, June 15, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 780 was introduced on January 28, 2009, by Rep. Putnam (R-FL) and referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.R. 780 would authorize schools that receive federal funds through the Enhancing Education through Technology or the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities to use the funds for programs that "promote the safe use of the Internet by students." The programs would be required to educate students about proper online behavior, protect students from online predators, and promote parental involvement in the use of the Internet by their children.


According to the sponsor's office, a recent study by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that 70 percent of teens are regularly contacted by people that they do not know on the Internet. The study found that about 31 percent of students regularly reply and talk to people that they do not know on the Internet. H.R. 780 would attempt to promote student Internet safety by allowing schools to use certain federal grant funds to provide Internet safety education to students.


A CBO score for H.R. 780 is not yet available. The legislation does not authorize any expenditures.