Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mayor Menino Announces Anti-Bullying Campaign

Mayor Thomas Menino made an appearance at the McCormack Middle School Health and Wellness Day last Friday to speak to eighth grade students about bullying. The McCormack school Health and Wellness day featured community organizations making presentations to students on a variety of health related subjects. The Mayor used the event to announce a campaign against all types of bullying. The Mayor has proposed the following for the residents of Boston:
  • A new hotline for young people to report incidents of bullying
  • Outreach efforts to parents and families through flyers, letters and workshops
  • A letter to parents from the Mayor and Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson about the efforts to confront the issue head-on
  • Providing increased training for employees who work directly with youth to help identify and prevent bullying
Mayor Menino will also be meeting this week with a group of cyber mentors from the Boston Public Schools to discuss what else the city can do to support students and their families. The cyber mentors are high school aged students who have been hired by the BPS in the past to create educational materials and deliver presentations to younger students about cyber safety. The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald both ran articles about the event.

During the event, students from TechBoston Academy also unveiled a video PSA they created about cyberbullying. The PSA can be downloaded from the BPS Cybersafety website, or viewed here.

Cyberbullying PSA: "Anti-Social" from Joe Kidd on Vimeo.

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