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May 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Social Commentary

There’s a history here. Please type in Bullying into the search box to read some of my previous posts. But I just received this in one of my email accounts as I remain on Speaker Quinn’s list because I have found she is one of the more accessible high profile politicians in New York City. Translation, she has a good staff.

I had to deal with a bullying situation with my boy Nodari in his first year here in the U.S. at P.S. 215 in Brooklyn. It was a bit messy, though dealt with but out of all the politicians that were contacted, only Speaker Quinn responded.

Before you read about the event she is sponsoring think about some of the very real damage that is done to kids when they are picked on and or surrounded during and after school. And it’s not just in the city. By some accounts there is a bit of Darwinism that is to be considered for sure but then what to do about all the kids that have made jumping off the George Washington Bridge their last stop after saying a hopeless goodbye to the world on Facebook.

It’s one thing to be in the trenches yourself but almost impossible to not get medieval about if you’re the parent of a child who is really suffering. Just yesterday I heard of a kid going to the hospital because of some senseless bullying on the playground, and another instance of a group of kids surrounding another kid and pushing him around. In that case, the kid’s family found the bullies and let’s just say it won’t happen again.

When kids take to violence they are taking to committing an act that has adult ramifications and should, but don’t, expect potentially very real adult reactions. Then the other day another incident, a party with antagonistic groups of youths only two blocks away which involved a 14 year old being shot to death.

This is real people. And one day it could be you on the other end of a life changing phone call. So don’t stick your head in the sand. Give the Council Speaker your very real attention and support on this.

May 26, 2011

Dear New Yorker,

While advances in technology have resulted in many great opportunities for our children, they have also led to new threats to their safety and well-being.

As part of our ongoing effort to combat bullying among kids in today’s digital age, the NYC Council will be hosting a Cyber Bullying Summit on Monday, July 18th. Additional details are listed below:

Cyber Bullying Summit 2011
Monday, July 18th
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Times Center
242 West 41st Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)

Sponsored by The New York Times Company, this educational event will bring together widely renowned leaders in technology and Internet safety. Facebook, Microsoft, MTV and other social media outlets will be available at the summit to speak to parents about what they can do to protect their children from cyber bullying and encourage responsible online behavior.

Counselors, child advocates, and representatives from the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, and the NYC District Attorney’s Office will also be at the summit, as will cyber bullying and cyber safety expert, Parry Aftab, founder of Wired and creator of

We’re thrilled to bring together this group of experts from industry, government and advocacy so we can provide parents and guardians the tools and information they need to keep their children safe in today’s digital age.

You can read more about the event by clicking on the NY Daily News article below:

If you would like to RSVP to the summit, please click here or visit us online at You can also share this event with friends on Facebook at

Please note that space at The Times Center is limited. If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact Nick Rolf in the Council’s Community Outreach Unit at (212) 442-5765 or

Thanks and we hope to see you at The Times Center on July 18th!

Christine C. Quinn
NYC Council

Lewis Fidler
Chair, Youth Services Committee
NYC Council

Robert Jackson
Chair, Education Committee
NYC Council

Fernando Cabrera
Chair, Technology Committee
NYC Council

Stop Cyberbullying

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