PFLAG to host talk Sunday on cyberbullying

MANISTEE — PFLAG will host Julia Raddatz, Jefferson Elementary principal and K-12 coordinator of state/federal programs and special education, this weekend.

Raddatz will share information on the Michigan legislation on cyberbullying that was signed into law a few weeks ago.

PFLAG will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Holy Trinity Church, located at 410 Second St. in Manistee.

Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful or false information about someone else through digital devices like cell phones, computers and tablets. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.

Cyberbullying can have long-term mental health effects and can negatively impact the lives of all who are involved. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.

Formerly cyberbullying wasn’t officially acknowledged as a criminal act in the State of Michigan, and had to be addressed through other statutes in order to be prosecuted. With HB5017, cyberbullying is not only defined, it is also able to be prosecuted.

For further information, call (313) 670-2613 or email pflagmanistee@gmail.com.

 

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