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Wicomico County Parents Weigh in on Cyberbullying Pilot Program

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SALISBURY, Md.- Far too often we hear about cases of cyberbullying leading to serious consequences.

"It's really sad," said Kelly Singleton, who is a mother of two young girls in Mardela Springs.

Singleton said that right now there are no worries about having to monitor what they might be exposed to online, especially when cyberbullying is common these days. But she added, that future isn't too far

"It's so easy for kids to pinpoint other kids just because of the way they look since they can make up whatever they want and put it out there for everybody to see," Singleton said.

Singleton's concerns are part of the reason why Maryland is taking steps towards putting an end to this violence.

In conjunction with Facebook, the state has launched a pilot program for local school systems as an extra layer of oversight.
The program would give access to a link, meant to help educators communicate with the social website and identify signs of cyberbullying. 

"Certainly it is hard to tell the severity of how it impacts every person," said, Dawn Harner, a counselor with Salisbury University. "Some people may report information and some people may not and so many cases may go unreported."

Elizabeth Faucette of Salisbury said she's just glad her daughter is out of her teen years.

She said that even back then she tried to set rules about how often her daughter spent time on line.

"There was always that fine line where you don't know when you not to get into their business and to stay behind their back when they are on a computer," Faucette said.

Since this is only a pilot program, it will be up to each Maryland school system to decide when they would actually start using it.


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