Cyberbullying - when kids target other kids online - Cyberlawyer and online safety and privacy expert available for comment

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Kids and teens are using the Internet every singel day. Too often they are using it, and their cell phones, to bully, harass and stalk other kids and teens. This is a growing problem. But if you are armed with the right tools and information you can avoid your child being the victim of cyberbullying or even becoming a cyberbully.

Today’s New York Times article highlights the ways kids and teens harass and cyberbully each other using photo cell phones, blogs, instant messaging, websites, digital images and videos. Cyberlawyer, Internet safety and privacy expert, author and executive director of the world’s largest online safety and help group, WiredSafety.org, Parry Aftab, has created a cyberbullying awareness and prevention program for students, parents, schools and community law enforcement agencies. This program is available without charge at InternetSuperHeroes.org.

With help from Marvel’s superheroes and villains, like Spider-Man, Hulk and X-Men, Parry’s group helps victims of cyberbullying and their families and schools understand how to prevent, address and report cyberbullying, cyberharassment and cyberabuses. InternetSuperHeroes.org (in a pre-launch series on cyberbullying) explains typical uses and abuses of interactive technology by kids and teens. With back-to-school just around the corner, this new resource is essential.

InternetSuperHeroes.org’s spokeshero for cyberbullying awareness is Hulk, and the kids are challenged to find the super hero with themselves to keep them from cyberbullying others and help them avoid becoming a victim of cyberbullying.

A frequent and popular media resource, Parry will share:

•How kids target each other using the new interactive technologies

•How easy it is for a “good” kid to become a cyberbully

•How the profile of a cyberbully is very different from that of a schoolyard bully

•Where to get help and how to report cyberbullying

•Why many girls cyberbully

•What laws exist to help address cyberbullying and cyberharassment

•What schools can do when a student is being cyberbullied

•How children and teens have online alter-egos

•What parents can do to make sure that their children aren’t victimized by cyberbullies

Her FBI-trained teen online safety volunteers, the TeenAngels (teenangels.org), are available for comment and media with Parry, as well. These incredible young teens can share ways kids can avoid becoming victimized by cyberbullies. Parry and two chapters of TeenAngels are available in the NY metropolitan area.

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