Tips from Joe Robach for Dealing with Bullying

As the internet and online social networks continue to grow, so does the phenomenon known as cyberbullying.  Cyberbullying describes when a child or teenager is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology.  Joe Robach knows that this type of bullying can have an extreme negative impact on a child’s education and overall well being.  Emotionally, cyberbullying can be very scarring, since it involves threats and humiliation.

There are some alarming statistics about cyber bullying, such as that 58% of kids report that someone has been hurtful or mean to them online as well as 21 percent of kids report that they’ve received threatening messages.   Most alarming is that some recent studies have shown a strong correlation between bullying and suicide.  Joe Robach believes that you can stop cyberbullying with proactive education.  If you believe that your child may be a victim of cyber bullying, give them these useful tips:

  • Tell someone about it.  Find a trusted adult – either a parent or a teacher- and report the incident.
  • Do not delete the bully’s messages.  Save them somewhere on your computer or cell phone where they are easily accessible, should they need evidence of wrongdoing.
  • Do not open messages from others that have sent you previous bullying messages.  If you receive a message from someone you know that is cyberbullying, ignore it.
  • Block cyberbullies who attack you during chats and other social media.
    Never agree to see someone you met online in person, without talking to or bringing a trusted adult.

“By providing individuals, especially students, with education on bullying we can all work together towards the goal of preventing it from happening inside and outside of schools,” said Joe Robach in support of educating the public on anti-bullying efforts.

For more information about cyberbullying or other things that can impact a child’s education, contact Joe Robach’s office.


Robach Supports Education by Securing Funds for Ipad Labs for K-2 Schools

Senator Joe Robach and the Greece Central School District have partnered to put technology into the hands of Greece elementary school students, supporting technology in the classroom and enhancing their education experience. In an effort to increase students’ access to and understanding of technology, the district recently purchased 30 iPads for each school serving grades K-2.

Senator Joe Robach recently joined Greece Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams in IMG_9080unveiling the new devices in the Autumn Lane Elementary School Library. Second grade students will be using iPads with school librarian Katherine Boggs. They will be reading an eBook about the presidency.

In addition to Autumn Lane, iPad stations were recently added to English Village Elementary School and Holmes Road Elementary School. In 2012, the district’s eight other elementary schools purchased iPad labs thanks to in part to $50,000 secured by Sen. Robach. The devices are housed in school libraries and used to enrich lessons that are planned collaboratively between classroom teachers and librarians.

“As part of an ongoing initiative, students at Autumn Lane Elementary School in the Town of Greece will now have access to 30 iPads in the school’s library. This new technology will help them prepare for testing and to meet district technology standards. I’m pleased to help secure funding for this project that will benefit all K-5 students in the Greece Central School District by providing them access to new technology,” said Joe Robach in support of technology advancements in the classroom.

Deane-Williams said the addition of this new technology goes a long way in helping students meet the Greece Central School District technology standards. Additionally, New York State will soon require students to take assessments electronically.

“Schools and students need to begin preparing now for the demands of the future,” she said.