CYBERBULLYING IS STILL A PROBLEM IN OUR COMMUNITY AND MUST NOT BE TOLERATED
Though not grabbing the headlines as it did several months ago, cyberbullying is still a major concern in our community and must continue to be on the radar screens of educators, parents and community leaders.
The necessity for protective measures to ensure the safety of minors who actively use social networking sites is crucial. Cyberbullying is rising at an alarming rate and it all too often has devastating consequences. In today’s age of advanced technology, twenty-four hour connectivity and social networking, students who are subjected to acts of cyberbullying have no reprieve. Taunts and acts of bullying that begin in school follow students home every day, and have lasting impacts on the child.
I continue to urge my Senate colleagues to pass my anti-cyberbullying legislation, sponsored in the Assembly by Fred Theile (AD 2), which will help to restore respect and dignity to our children, make educators a proactive part of the bullying solution, and provide a state-wide registry for cyberbullying complaints.
I am proud to announce that Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) opened a Bully Prevention Center this month. The Bullying Prevention Center is the first of its kind on Long Island to offer direct support, resources and solutions toward resolving bullying and cyberbullying situations among children, and creating safer and more productive learning environments in our schools.
Concerned children and adults can get their questions answered by licensed mental health professionals via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You can also call 516-621-0552 ext. 109.
As parents, educators and leaders, let’s remind our children that we are indeed listening to them and cyberbullying will not be tolerated under any circumstance.
Senator, 6th District – New York