Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Officials push to combat cyberbullying

The Washington Examiner (Washington D.C.) March 14, 2011

"Social networking means many teenagers are never far from a bully, harassment or unwanted sexual messages.
Teens are joining social-networking sites at younger ages, spreading bullying and other ugly behaviors to the virtual realm. As a result, officials have been ramping up efforts to prevent threats like online harassment and 'sexting.'
'In the past, you dealt with a bully on the playground. You left and it was over,' said Officer Marc MacDonald, a school resource officer with the Fairfax County police. 'These kids are 24 hours a day into social media, on their phones, everywhere they go. They can't just walk away from it.'
One in three teens ages 12 to 17 have been subjected to online harassment, according to a 2010 Pew Internet and American Life Project presentation. Fifteen percent said they received sexting messages." Read More

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