ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The New Mexico Attorney’s General office is stepping up, taking a stand trying to prevent a specific type of bullying.
January 25th marked the kickoff of their 2013 campaign to combat cyberbullying.
In the United States, about 95 percent of teens have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites. Nearly 55 percent of them say they see that type of behavior often.
Lynn Southard, from the AG’s office, told Action 7 News they have done cyberbullying prevention presentations before, but what is different in 2013 is how many students they’re presenting too. They expect to show nearly triple the amount of students as usual the presentation.
Throughout the presentation, they show elementary, middle and high school students true stories involving struggle at school and at home, sometimes resulting in suicide. They discuss the consequences of harassment, impersonation and sexting.
“Believe it or not, sometimes this makes this shocks the adults,” explained Southard. “Mouths down. Depending on what school we’re in, it’s a shock to the adults which I think is across the board, sometimes I even wonder do parents know what’s going on with their kids?”
Southard said students are shocked, too, once they see some of the slides. One of them shows how quickly a picture posted online can spread worldwide, quickly becoming viral, and quickly becoming dangerous depending on what the photo is.
The Attorney’s General office will head to Sandia Preparatory School next and then to El Dorado High School. They still have openings, so they suggest if anyone would like to schedule a presentation at a school, to call the Albuquerque office.