Bullying Beyond the Playground -- Part 3

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

"A lot of times girls are called names that really don't describe them... slut, skank.. words that girls don't want to be called," says Olivia Martin, 10th grade student.

Every school sees it... Cyber bullying.

While Alabama has no law to protect students a local business has teamed up with a national organization to put a stop to the bullies.

It's called "Stand Up!" sponsored by Unicel.

"Bullying on the playground is a little bit different. You have adults there monitoring. You understand it. You supervise it a little bit better. But because this is so new to us and we, as adults, did not grow up with it, we don't know how to supervise things like this yet," says Lee McCraney, Unicel "Stand Up!"

McCraney has two young children.

She says she sees how important technology is in her kids life, but she says it's also an added responsibility for both her and her children.

"I want them to understand that if anything occurs along those lines, that are negative or could hurt them or cause them any kind of heartache, they can come to me as a parent. Also, as a parent i want them to grow up knowing that is not acceptable," says McCraney.

That call for supervision is something that many area teens expect.

Britney Brown says she hasn't seen any bullying... nor does she bully.

She credits her parents taking an active role in her life.

"I really don't believe in children's privacy in their parent's home. Keep the doors open. Pop up visits on computers. See what's the latest websites your children have been visiting. Ask questions, definitely ask questions. Ask your children what's going on in their lives," says Brown, 12th grade student.

Even though stand up is sponsored through Unicel, you can be with any cell phone provider to get involved with this.

In fact, ifyou go by a Unicel store or log on to their website www.unicel.com, there is a contract you can get to sign with your child that agrees neither party will use electronics for negative attacks.

For more information, check out www.iSAFE.org, www.iKeepSafe.org or www.stopcyberbullying.com


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