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Local Resources

Victims of Crime Helpline 24 hour hotline

1-800-494-8100

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

www.ricadv.org

Start Strong Rhode Island

www.startstrongteens.org 

Hkup With Respect

www.hkupwithrespect.com

National Resources

That’s Not Cool

www.thatsnotcool.com

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

866.331.9474 24 hour hotline

866.331.8453 TTY

www.loveisrespect.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline

800.799.SAFE (7233) 24 hour hotline

800.787.3224 TTY

www.ndvh.org

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline

800.656.HOPE (4673) 24 hour hotline

www.rainn.org

Break the Cycle

www.breakthecycle.org

National Center for Victims of Crime ‐ Dating Violence Resource Center

www.ncvc.org

National listing of LGBT programs

www.ncavp.org/AVPs

Take Charge of Cyberbullying

According to a survey by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, online bullying - or "cyberbullying" - is a serious concern for teens and their parents, yet many teens are not telling their parents about their experiences.

Key trends among the Rhode Island teens surveyed include:
  • 3 in 10 teens claim to have been bullied online (32%)
  • 1 in 10 admits to have bullied someone online (10 percent)
  • Of teens who admit to being bullied online, only 61% have told an adult

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is just what it sounds like - bullying through Internet applications and technologies such as instant messaging (IM), social networking sites, and cell phones. It can start easily—with a rumor, a photo, or a forwarded message—and just as easily spiral out of control.

Click here to learn how to stop cyberbullying before it starts.

Here are some examples of cyberbullying:

  • Flaming and trolling – sending or posting hostile messages intended to inflame the emotions of others.
  • Recording someone being harassed or bullied in a way that usually involves physical abuse, then posting online for public viewing.
  • Physical threats – sending messages that involve threats to a person’s physical safety.
  • Rumor spreading – spreading gossip through e-mail, text messaging or social networking sites.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Cox are teaming up to encourage you to Take Charge! of your family's communications by assessing your Digital Life and then taking some simple steps to ensure that your property and your loved ones are safe.

Internet Safety

With 3 in 10 teens being bullied online according to a recent poll, Attorney General Kilmartin and Cox are teaching kids how to "TakeCharge! of Online Bullying" in a public service campaign and visits to junior high schools and community agencies across the state.

The Internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world. In addition to offering a fascinating, new way to connect with the world and gain knowledge, the Internet also introduces new risks to children such as cyberbullying, online predators, exposure to inappropriate material and the potential to reveal too much personal information.

"Cell phones, gaming consoles and social media have made it easier for children to bully others and to be victims of bullying. Being cyberbullied can have long term emotional and physical consequences for children. It is critical we teach kids from an early age what bullying is and what they can do to prevent it or stop it from happening to them or a classmate,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “Harassment and intimidation are taking place more frequently online. The first step to curbing this trend is open communication, especially among young people who use technology more and more to communicate with one another.”

“TakeCharge! was created by Cox Communications to give students and their parents a way to understand and manage online content,” said Cox Communications Senior Vice President and General Manager John Wolfe. “The good news according to our survey is in Rhode Island 89 percent of parents have talked with their kids about online safety. Our partnership with the Attorney General Kilmartin will continue to educate families with the goal of reducing cyberbullying."

Parents and trusted adults can help make the Internet a safer place for their families by learning to recognize the warning signs of these risks and lessening potential negative impacts.

It is important for parents to understand what their children are experiencing on and offline, and to learn how to use new forms of online communication, such as social networking, blogging, webcams and instant messaging to be able to teach their children to use them safely.

Additionally, children whose parents and guardians regularly talk to them about personal safety are more likely to exhibit responsible online behavior on their own.

For more information on the TakeCharge! public service campaign, click here.

To schedule a school visit, email contactus@riag.ri.gov.