FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Jan. 15, Winnipeg, MB)
In the Month of February, Civility Experts Reminds Us “WE ALL DESERVE RESPECT ONLINE – CYBERBULLYING IS NOT OK”
Internationally renowned as the “go to” organization for anything related to civility, The Civility Center The Civility Center, has created a monthly calendar that includes events, ideas, and inspiration from around the world. The Civility Calendar is available free online with the objective of encouraging people to bring their most kind, most considerate, and most civil self to all their interactions. Each month focuses on a different aspect of civility and its interaction with life, and February’s is online communication and cyberbullying.
“Technology is not an etiquette-free zone. Whether we recognize the rules as written or unwritten, there are expectations for civil behavior online and I believe most of us know this. However, many people, both young and old, are making conscious choices to be aggressive and inappropriate, to breech privacy expectations, or to bully online, and then to shirk responsibility for their behavior. It’s time to start holding people accountable, and we need to teach online civility.,” says Lew Bayer, (Executive Director of Civility Center, and CEO Civility Experts Inc.)
The message is: Cyberbullying can impact people of all ages, but it is most often teens who are impacted. Over half of all North American teens are victims of it. Whether you have been a victim of cyberbullying, or know someone who has, there are steps that can be taken to stop cyberbullying and stay cyber safe.
Visit the calendar every month (or download the UpTo App to get the calendar direct to your phone) to find an affirmation, tools, social media supports, free resources and more. For February, the mantra is: “We all deserve respect online – cyberbullying is not OK. I will report cyberbullying if I experience it, or see it.” Organizations are encouraged to add their own events and civility resources to the calendar.
Rochelle Huppe, Admin Support, The Civility Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Lamourie, Publicist, lamouriePR@gmail.com