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Town Hosting Cyberbullying Seminar at South Side Middle School

Multiple politicians will be on hand for the free seminar.

In an effort to demonstrate the "treacherous" nature of the Internet, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran will be holding a free Internet Safety & Cyberbullying Seminar on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at South Side Middle School.

Internet safety expert Ron Gerber will make a presentation on the growing threat of cyberbullying (bullying someone through the phone, Internet or other electronic devices), offer Internet safety tips and talk about the importance of reporting bullying and/or stalking.

"Victims of bullying may not even be targeted during a day at school. Instead, they will find that threatening messages have been sent to their emails or posted on their social media pages," Santino said. "It is imperative that parents realize that bullies can still harass our children, even if they are sitting at home in their bedroom with an adult in the next room."

"I'm proud to have passed the Dignity for All Students Act with an amendment giving school administrators the necessary tools to help protect students from cyberbullying," Curran added. "This legislation gives both school administrators and parents a clear and defined process to help our children who are victims of cyberbullying."

South Side Middle School is located at 67 Hillside Ave. in Rockville Centre.

Adelaide Maisy February 15, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Such steps are most welcome and also make an ideal case for installing some kind of parental control app also at home that prohibits kids from watching unwanted stuff. I already have one installed called Qustodio and I use it to block bad content as also watch who my son talks to on Facebook. It shows me the profile pictures of accounts that he interacts with. With measures such as these, I hope I can keep him away from such nasty stuff. Google for it.
Ron Gerber February 22, 2013 at 10:37 PM
glad that you are an active partner. Ron Gerber, rgerber@angelbeat.com

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