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LI pol Fuschillo's webcast targets cyberbullying

Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) in 2011.

Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) in 2011. Credit: Albany Times Union, 2011

State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will hold a live informational webcast Tuesday to help students and parents confront the dangers of cyberbullying.

The half-hour webcast will be streamed live over the Internet at 7 p.m. on Fuschillo’s website, fuschillo.nysenate.gov. The webcast will feature an informational discussion about cyberbullying and the impact it has on children, officials said.

Students will learn what they can do if they are being bullied and the importance of looking out for each other. The webcast also will provide information about where to turn for help and, for parents, warning signs that their child might be being bullied.

Fuschillo, above, will be joined by John Halligan, whose 13-year-old son, Ryan, committed suicide in 2003 after continually being bullied by his classmates in school and over the Internet. Halligan has traveled across the country telling other students about his son to help them understand the negative impact bullying and cyberbullying has on its victims.

Two Seaford High School students, Becky DelGiudice and Zachary Pensa, also will talk about the challenges students face with cyberbullying.

 

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