Westchester Lawmakers Propose Law to Prevent Cyberbullying
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In studies cited by the Centers for Disease Control, 9 percent to 25 percent of young people say they have been victims of what the agency calls “electronic aggression.” Victims of cyberbullying are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs, according to the CDC.
Williams said cyberbullying could have detrimental effects on self-esteem beyond regular bullying because of its high-profile nature and because young people can't escape it even in their own homes.
"So many of these young people are suffering from these kinds of attacks," she said. "What we wanted to do was give young people alternatives to make sure they’re aware there’s help out there."
The proposed law was referred for discussion to legislative committees last week. If legislators take it up there, it may be modified or amended prior to any vote.
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