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Feb
10

Father of suicide victim talks about cyberbullies

John Halligan has some advice for cyberchallenged parents with young children: Learn how to use Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Not knowing your way around the Internet, Halligan warns, could have life-and-death consequences.
He knows.
On Oct. 7, 2003, Halligan’s 14-year-old son, Ryan, committed suicide in their Vermont home.

As technology becomes more sophisticated, bullying is moving from the schoolyard to cyberspace.
“Anybody can bully anybody today,” he said. “They hide behind a screen name and go at it.”
Studies show that youngsters are bullied on the Internet at a rate of two or three times the traditional physical form inflicted by the schoolyard bully.

Full Article via Reading Eagle

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