Twitter recognizes NorCal students for stopping cyberbullying


MELINDA MEZA TELLS US, THE rtSTUDENTS ARE TAKING ON HATE SPEECH ONE MESSAGE AT A TIME. MELINDA: THESE STUDENTS MEET TO STOP CYBER BULLYING. rtTHEY ARE BEING RECOGNIZED BY TWITTER TO DELETE NEGATIVE POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SPREAD POSITIVE MESSAGES FOR FELLOW STUDENTS. rt THERE IS A LOT OF OF PEOPLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND A TON OF CYBER BULLYING. IT STOPPED A TON OF IT. MELINDA:rt CODY IS A PARTICIPANT OF I CAN HELP. AN ANTI-BULLYING GROUP OUT OF DISCOVERY BAY. CO-FOUNDER PAID FOR ITrt AND I DID NOT FIND OUT ABOUT IT UNTIL THREE WEEKS AGO. MELINDA: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS ANDrt STUDENTS SAY THERE IS A NEED TO STOP CYBER BULLYING. A RESEARCH STUDY SHOWS 80% OF TEENS AGES 13rt TO HER 17 SAY THEY HAVE A CELL PHONE AND ACCESS TO THE INTERNET. P>>IT IS A HUGE PART OF THEIR LIVES.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE, THEY WILLrt GO ONLINE AND SAY WHAT THEY WON’T SAY IN PERSON. TWITTER WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THEM FOR BEING DIGITALLY GOOD ONLINE. rtMELINDA: A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE EYE CAN HELP PROGRAM SINCE SHE WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. SHE WITNESSED CYBER BULLYING FIRSTHAND. rtMORGAN ANOTHER STUDENTS CONTACTED SOCIAL MEDIA SITES AND HAD NEGATIVE POSTS REMOVED. NOW #I CAN HELP IS GROWING. rt NOMINATIONS FOR PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD AND TO JUST NOMINATE THEIR STUDENTS FOR BEING DIGITAL FOR GOOD. LINDA: IT BEGAN IN BY WRITTEN WHrtEN STUDENTS ASKED THEIR LEADERSHIP TEACHER FOR HELP. THE TEACHER TAUGHT STUDENT THEY HAVE THE POWER TO CONTACT rtHEADQUARTERS, THE POWER TO STOP CYBER BULLYING AND THE POWER TO SAY, I CAN HELP. IT STARTED IN MIDDLE SCHOOL rtAND IT STARTED GETTING A COUPLE