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High School Students Learn Consequences of Cyberbullying

High School Students Learn Consequences of Cyberbullying

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Cyberbullying is a national problem.  A new study found that more than 1 in 3 young people reported they were victims of cyberbullying.

Santa Barbara are trying to decrease the amount of cyberbullying that occurs.  On Friday, San Marcos High School held an assembly about cyberbullying.  School leaders hope the two-hour-long forum will show the students the consequences of cyberbullying and how what they post online can not only hurt someone else but themselves as well.

"I thought it really showed what our community really is doing to support anti-cyberbullying," said San Marcos High School student Alexis Freekin.

"I think its good they are trying to educate us on cyberbullying because you know when you do that there are consequences that happen. People end up in jail and some people commit suicide," said San Marcos High School student Luis Torres.

The anti-cyberbullying assembly featured several speakers, including Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara; Krista Kobeski of Facebook; Dr. Shane Jimerson of UCSB; Deputy District Attorney Sanford Horowitz; and students of San Marcos.

The speakers taught the kids about how hurtful what they say online can be to others.

"How is that behavior affecting the people that are the subject of the matter? I think we have to recognize this is very hurtful behavior and destructive behavior," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

The speakers also told the kids that what they post online could land them behind bars.

"If someone is cyberbullied to the point where they take their own life, the people that do the cyberbullying can be held liable." said Horowitz.

The students we're also given advice on how to report cyberbulling.
"Telling teachers and administrators, saying to others that are doing it that this is not OK behavior and it has to stop and we're going to report it or they do report it," said Jackson.

Another reminder given to the teenagers was that what they put online can follow them when they go to find a job or apply to get into college.  Advice given to the students is to not put anything online you wouldn't want your mom, boss or teacher seeing.

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