|Children's National Bullying Expert Testifies on Student Cyber Safety
June 28, 2010
Washington, DC — Dr. Jorge C. Srabstein, medical director of the Clinic for Health Problems Related to Bullying, testified before the House Education and Labor Committee Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities on June 24 on student cyber safety.
His testimony included evidence of the connection between cyber-bullying and serious public health problems such as depression and suicide. He explained that the exponential growth of communication and technology also dramatically increases the health risks to young people who become victims of cyber bullies.
"Traditionally, US schools have been at the forefront of helping to safeguard the health and safety of their students by contributing to the prevention and detection of public health hazards such as communicable diseases and psyco-social risk factors," said Dr. Srabstein. "In this context, schools are now being challenged to prevent the safety and health risks linked to bullying and cyber-bullying with the support of health professionals and the whole community."
Dr. Srabstein advocated for enactment of bullying and cyber-bullying prevention legislation that will promote public awareness and intervention of bullying; develop research-based safety programs in schools; and foster a culture that encourages the reporting of bullying incidents.
The prevention and treatment of bullying is a key initiative of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National, and under Dr. Srabstein's direction, Children's National organized the Coalition for the Prevention of Bullying based in Montgomery County. The coalition promotes awareness about the nature and toxicity of bullying and advocates for the implementation of community based strategies for the prevention of bullying.
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