VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island state senator on Friday introduced legislation to combat cyberbullying.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Lisa-Michelle Kucharz of Nassau County knows all too well about cyberbullying. She was a victim for more than two years until the suspect was caught, and the woman later pleaded guilty and received jail time.READ MORE: Judge Lifts Temporary Pause On Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers And Other City Workers, Who Now Must Be Vaccinated By Monday
“Cyberattacks against me were constant – while I was at work; while I was driving, I’d hear the ping on my phone, and I knew something negative was coming my way,” Kucharz said.
Kucharz, 48, has been working with state Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), and now Kaminsky has introduced legislation to create a task force made up of students, school leaders, and parents to find ways to implement cyberbullying policies and help stop the problem.READ MORE: 'I Want A Proper Education': Some NYC Public School Students With Medical Exemptions From In-Person Instruction Feel They're Falling Behind
“This could greatly help children — take a step back; think before they post,” Kucharz said.
According to a Pew Survey, 40 percent of Americans have experienced online offensive name calling, purposeful embarrassment or physical threats.MORE NEWS: Mattress Giveaway In Queens Highlights Depth Of Need That Remains 3 Weeks After Ida
Kucharz has advised victims keep screenshots of every offense with impeccable records. For more tips and resources, click here.