Pass New York Cyberbullying Legislation
  • Petitioned New York State Legislature

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New York State Legislature
New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Pass New York Cyberbullying Legislation

    1. Kaitlin Monte
    2. Petition by

      Kaitlin Monte

      Astoria, NY

The shock of teen suicide in New York State over the recent year serves as a grave reminder of the potentially lethal role cyberbullying can play as a trigger.  It is no secret that teens account for the highest percentage of suicides in the United States, and these stories have become all too common in recent years. Currently, there are no laws in New York State protecting children and teens from online harassment from peers.  Parents and schools are unable to fully assist students facing such attacks.  Rapid growth in social media and digital communication technology requires a matching increase in protections for its youth users.  In response to these teen deaths, New Yorkers are looking to Albany to develop such legal tools.

Through this petition, we seek to encourage New York lawmakers to bring the issue of Cyberbullying to committee and initiate a conversation to determine if current laws are properly protecting victims of online peer attacks.

We, the undersigned, know that this effort must be accompanied by a state-wide community commitment to supporting and protecting our youth from the dangers of social media and digital communication technology though education and resource development on the local level. We understand that legislation may only serve as a partial solution but support it in hopes that it will aid our local efforts to improve the health and safety of our youth.

This mission is in honor of Jamey Rodemeyer and all teens who resorted to suicide due to lack of appropriate legal resources.  May we come together to save the lives of our youth.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Contact your assembly member, say yes to cyberbullying legislation.

      Kaitlin Monte
      Petition Organizer

      As the legislative year draws to a close, it's time to pump up our support for the current legislative efforts against cyberbullying. The United Federation of Teachers has signed on to support the law, as have several other organizations. Thank you to all those who have stepped up to support the effort.

      Lets create support tools before another life is lost.

      New York residents: call your Assembly representative and say "I support state cyberbullying legislation to help protect our youth from online abuse." Or, write a letter of support that shares personal stories as to how lack of cyberbullying protection has affected individuals in your life.

      Don't know how to reach your Assemblymen? Look them up: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search

    2. Spencerport Student Commits Suicide, Bullying Suspected

      Kaitlin Monte
      Petition Organizer

      Wednesday morning I got a call from my sister to tell me that my nephew's school lost a freshman girl to suicide. The school has been careful with any details but Social Media pages made in her honor are buzzing with comments on the bullying and cyberbullying she was facing, including a twitter page with nasty posts about her.

      The superintendent claims that they work with every issue of cyberbullying brought to their attention. It is unclear whether Cameron had brought this to her schools attention or, if she had, how they were addressing the issue. I do think it's important that we not play Monday morning quarterback with this issue and be sympathetic to the pain the school must be facing at this time. The only thing that is clear: Cameron felt that taking her life was the only remaining option.

      As schools continue to develop effective means of dealing with cyberbullying, we as a community must continue to support the efforts to develop legal tools for our youth!

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Miss New York and Senator Klein on MSNBC

      Kaitlin Monte
      Petition Organizer

      MSNBC's Thomas Roberts invited myself and Senator Klein onto his show on November 10th to discuss our efforts in the fight against cyber-bullying in New York State. Our movement is gaining national attention and we thank MSNBC for the opportunity to share our work with your audience!

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. Senator Klein launches New York Cyberbully Census!

      Kaitlin Monte
      Petition Organizer

      This morning I joined Senator Klein and his team to announce the launch of a new online survey that will gather vital information about cyberbullying across New York. The New York Cyberbully Census is going to allow lawmakers to build modern statistics for our state relating to how and where online attacks are taking place. This information will help them built the proper resources based entirely on the proven needs of our students. The survey was designed in partnership with Parry Aftab, a long time leader in the fight against online bullying, and is only 12 questions.

      Invite students in your life to visit www.nycyberbullycensus.com to participate in solving the issue of digital aggression.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. Call your State Assemblymen today.

      Kaitlin Monte
      Petition Organizer

      As we work to gain signatures for our petition, look up your local representative for the New York State Assembly and call to say that you support Cyberbullying legislation for New York. Find your are representative: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/

    9. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Rose Mary Kruse NEW HOPE, MN
      • 7 months ago

      I cried almost every day after school and this has affected me everyday of my life.

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    • Vanessa Shiel LAKE LUZERNE, NY
      • 7 months ago

      I am sick and tired of all the trauma online with cyberbullying , especially when it leads to teen suicide. I am completely against cyberbullying and bullies in general.

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    • nicole allen NEW YORK, NY
      • 7 months ago

      So we can stop cyberbullying because it is wrong

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    • Sarah Corliss STONY CREEK, NY
      • 7 months ago

      Me and my friends were once victims of cyberbullying and harassing.

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    • Carol Flick AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      Nasty horrible people should not have a voice in public

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