ATLANTA - Across the nation, public and community officials along with youth in our communities are commemorating National Internet Safety Month by making a commitment to stop cyberbullying.
“Bullying is a vicious cycle where those bullied as children often grow up to bully others or worse, think about suicide,” said Sarah Murray, a recent graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence, Rhode Island. Murray shared her personal experiences being bullied as a teen with 7th grade students at Esek Hopkins Middle School yesterday, continuing her legacy of spreading the awareness vital to deleting cyberbullying. Last October, Murray participated in a national bullying roundtable with Cox Communications in Las Vegas, partnering with teens across the nation to identify ways to stop bullying.
According to this year’s survey by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), online bullying is a serious concern for teens and their parents.
Key findings about teens surveyed include the following trends:
This prevalence of cyberbullying is concerning, but it can be stopped. In the State of Rhode Island, Cox has partnered with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to visit junior high schools and community agencies to teach kids how to "Take Charge!" of cyberbullying.
TakeCharge! is Cox Communication's commitment to keeping kids safer online. In the past 11 years, Cox has dedicated nearly $300 million in cash, in-kind and public service announcements to support programs that raise awareness of and help educate youth about online safety. Additionally, Cox releases annual research about Internet safety.
Cox Communications offers a variety of resources to keep families safely connected:
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