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Advocacy Group Teams up with Attorney General to Stop Cyberbullying

April 15, 2010

PEORIA, Ill. - From causing suicides to permanently placing perpetrators on the registered sex offender list, the dangerous effects of cyberbullying and sexting on children and teens are becoming increasingly clear. To help address the growing problem, the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention has teamed up with the Illinois Attorney General to organize a statewide tour this month. It is designed to educate parents, children and school officials about the warning signs and issues surrounding cyberbullying, says Elena Calafell, director of the Best Practices Institute for the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention.

"We are going to go around the regions in the state to raise awareness, talk about the impact, how to protect yourself and the legal implications and consequences, because they do not understand those consequences."

Calafell says some 80 percent of parents do not know what web and social networking sites their children visit when online.

"Parents need to have explicit rules with their kids around what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for Internet use and cell phones."

The informational sessions on cyberbullying will take place in Peoria, Aurora and Springfield on April 26 and 27.

More information on the workshops is available by contacting the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention by phone, 312-986-9200, or online, www.icvp.org.

Aricka Flowers, Public News Service - IL