MANHATTAN — District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. wants teens and young children to know about the dangers of cyberbullying.
Vance and a team of assistant prosecutors are visiting schools throughout Manhattan this week to speak to students and teachers about online bullying — and what can be done to protect teens and children.
"As technology plays an increasing role in children’s lives, bullying on the playground has evolved into bullying online," Vance said in a statement.
The DA's office "works to combat this harmful and pervasive problem" by educating the public on the dangers and "how to detect and prevent it," he added.
Some of what the DA suggests is to teach kids not to respond to online insults and to report the activity to school officials promptly. He is also advising parents and teens to change email and social networking site passwords frequently and to be sure to log off public computers.
The district attorney's community affairs unit also does presentations for parents about cyberbullying prevention.
Vance and Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, the head of the office's cybercrime unit, went to George Washington High School in Fort George and Hetrick-Martin Institute, on Astor Place, on Wednesday for presentations. Other schools the office is visiting include:
-Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St.
-NYC iSchool, 131 Avenue of the Americas
-The Boys' Club of New York, 287 East 10th St.
-PAL, 552 West 52nd St.
-MS 104 Simon Baruch, 330 E. 21st St.
-Mott Hall II, 234 West 109th St.
-IS 195 Roberto Clemente, 215 West 133rd St.
-PS 242 Gwendolyn Powell Brown Comprehensive School, 134 West 122nd St.
-Manhattan Center H.S., 280 Pleasant Ave.
Vance has encouraged anyone interested in a presentation on cyberbullying for a school or group to contact his community affairs unit at 212-335-9082.
The DA's office also recommends the following websites for cyberbullying education: