While old-fashioned bullying remains a problem in area schools, especially for LGBT teens, tormenters are increasingly relying on the Internet and mobile phones to harass their victims.
The digital realm can be more difficult for adults to police, but a presentation Thursday by District Attorney George Gascón, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Common Sense Media may help parents protect their children and children protect themselves.
According to the DA’s office, cyberbullying – bullying by text message, email, instant messaging and social networks — is on the rise, with up to 56 percent of teens reporting being victims.
Parents and students are invited to the presentation, “Stand Up, Don’t Stand By: How to Stop Cyber-Bullying in a 24/7 Digital World,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Marina Middle School. Gascón will discuss state laws that make online impersonation and intimidation a crime. Merve Lapus of Common Sense Media, a local nonprofit, will help teach parents and students how to prevent cyberbullying before it happens.