Cyberbullying Task Force In New York State

On January, 14, 2020, New York State Senate Bill S5786A establishing a task force to explore the effects of cyberbullying in New York and potential measures to address such effects passed in the Investigations and Government Operations Committee by a vote of 7-0 and received its first call to the Senate floor calendar during the current legislative session.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky and co-sponsored by Senators David Carlucci, Anna M. Kaplan, Jen Metzger, and Luis R. Sepulveda.

During last year’s legislative session, a previous version of the bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 59-3. It was referred to the Assembly’s Governmental Operations Committee but was not addressed.

If you are a New York State resident, please reach out to your elected officials and encourage them to support this important legislation that will make a meaningful difference.

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Time is of the essence, as the legislative session goes by quickly, and there are many bills that need to be addressed. This bill will establish a task force to identify the most common victims of cyberbullying, common mediums used, and ways to address its impact.

As the bill shares, “the National Crime Prevention Council reports that 43% of students have reported being victims of cyberbullying and many of them experience it more than once.” Our youth deserve better initiatives to help prevent cyberbullying and to support those who experience it.

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Thank you, 2019!

happy new year 2020

2019 wasn’t my best year, and it also was nowhere near my worst. This is a great time to reflect on what went well and lessons learned in 2019, so we can set goals for the new year — what we want to accomplish, increase, and steer clear of in 2020.

What I learned in 2019

  • Kindness is making a comeback.
  • Seasoned professionals who share their knowledge, resources, and connections are extraordinarily generous.
  • I love learning — through formal education, professional training, rubbing shoulders with experts, and every day experiences.
  • Some people write off boomers or millennials. Those are not my people.
  • Doing more of what you love really increases happiness, reduces stress, and improves productivity and creativity.
  • Spending time in nature is one of the greatest gifts I give myself and share with others.
  • I prefer to be behind the camera than in the spotlight.
  • It’s good to walk away, or at least distance yourself, from what doesn’t serve you.
  • Using someone’s preferred pronouns is important. It’s ok to acknowledge that you’re not great at this, apologize, and continuously try to get it right.
  • We can make good, genuine connections and friends through social media, but it’s more important than ever to proceed with caution.
  • Integrity is one of the most important character traits of those close to us in our professional and personal lives. Its absence is obvious and almost impossible to teach.
  • Online abuse and threats are thriving.
  • People can improve their situations – if they desire. Motivating their desire to change is often difficult and sometimes near impossible.
  • Some friendships are forever. Some are not. Cherish the good ones.
  • One can set out to gain three to five pounds, but gain nine instead; one also can set out to lose 60 pounds and lose 100.
  • My dad was right about more than I like to admit.

Thank you for the valuable lessons, 2019! Bring it on, 2020!

Wishing everyone a wonderful new year — filled with good health, happiness, love, friendship, success, prosperity, lessons to learn, and dreams come true!

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Thank You For Being Kind Online

Thank you to everyone who participated in the #BeKindOnlineChallenge — making kindness a priority in our virtual lives — communicating with empathy, respect, and kindness; and sharing acts of kindness with the #BeKindOnlineChallenge hashtag to motivate friends, family, peers, connections, neighbors, and the world.

Be Kind Online Challenge

#BeKindOnlineChallenge Spotlights

@Linnea_McFadden, author of “It’s Cool to Be Kind,” has inspired students across the country to stop bullying with kindness.

@BillRitter7 and the @ABC7NY team’s #BeKind campaign that regularly shares inspiring stories of kindness that restore your faith in humanity and remind us all that being kind makes a big difference.

@SueScheff, author of “Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate” and Cyber-Safety Advocate, for sharing her expertise on how to prevent and handle online shaming.

@JenCannPro, author of “@Sophie Takes a #Selfie – Rules & Etiquette for Taking Good Care Before You Share.”

@MicheleBorba, author of “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” and “End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: The Proven 6Rs of #Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, and Caring Schools.”

@dianagraber, author of “Raising Humans in a Digital World” and founder of Cyber Civics and Cyber Wise, for helping kids build a healthy relationship with technology.

@joinnest4, a teen-led organization dedicated to providing opportunities to make the world better through kindness.

@RippleKindness, positive psychology school curriculum and community project improving social, emotional, and mental health to reduce bullying.

@melanie_korach, poet, author, teacher, and founder of the #StarfishClub — fostering positive change in the world, one person at a time.

@Pfagell, author of “Middle School Matters,” clinical professional counselor, school counselor, and journalist, for helping students and parents navigate middle school with kindness, empathy, and respect.

@MonicaLewinsky, anti-bullying activist, cyberbullying prevention advocate, and resiliency champion, for sharing her experience and compassion.

Ellen Degeneres, @TheEllenShow, for leading with kindness online and off, applauding kindness, and being an extraordinary role model for youth and adults.

@CBosley19, journalist and speaker, for sharing her personal journey and lessons learned to help prevent online shaming and cyberbullying, while spreading kindness.

The @TylerClementi Foundation for encouraging people to be #upstanders online and in person, and for always promoting inclusion, kindness, respect, and compassion.

@taylorswift13 for promoting kindness, inclusion, respect, empathy, and compassion — online and off.

@cybersmilehq, international anti-cyberbullying organization, for promoting kindness, equality, and inclusion, and for providing schools with educational programs to encourage living positive digital lives.

@girlscouts for empowering the next generation of women to be both successful and kind, and for fostering kindness with girls and their parents.

@NOH8Campaign@JeffParshley, and Adam @bouska for taking a stand against bullying and discrimination — online and off — inspiring people to choose kindness, love, and inclusion over hate.

@tweetinjules, Australian eSafety Commissioner, for advocating for “safety by design” and for spreading kindness online and off.

@STOMPOutBullyng for teaching youth and adults how to take a stand against bullying and cyberbullying.

@thekindnessgirl, kindness advocate and founding member of @WorldKindnessUS, for promoting kindness online, in her community, and around the world.

@AntiBullyingPro@DianaAward@Ttall, and @abcholmes for creating an anti-bullying movement and ambassador program that is making a tremendous difference and empowering youth to change the world.

@StopBullyingGov for providing resources to youth, parents, educators, and community leaders to end all forms of bullying and promote a kinder, safer cyber-world.

Learn more about the #BeKindOnlineChallenge.

Be kind online. Share with care. Be cyber-safe. 

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