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DA Vance Touring Manhattan to Teach Students About Cyberbullying

By DNAinfo Staff on February 16, 2012 9:13am

Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. is visiting schools this week to discuss cyberbullying with students and teachers.
Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. is visiting schools this week to discuss cyberbullying with students and teachers.
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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.

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