© Christopher Gooding – The Citizen-Record
Fighting online bullying took on a new dimension when Cyber (back) was introduced to Springhill elementary students, (front, from left) Springhill Police officer and schools liaison Kenny John Jackson and Springhill High School’s community outreach worker Lorilee McLean by the Cyber Internet Safety Society Mr. McGillicuddy (a.k.a. Marty Mingo).
SPRINGHILL – Bullying has entered the digital age, and now a digital component is there to combat it.
Enter Cyber, defender of Internet safety. Sponsored by the Town of Truro, Cyber and the Cyber Safe Programs appealed to Springhill Elementary Schools students’ sense of right, outlining how to recognize online bullying and dazzling them by “uploading” Cyber into the Springhill High School’s theatre. With Mr. McGillicuddy, a.k.a. Marty Mingo, at the controls, the youth clapped and cheered their way through safety protocols while combating bullying.
Behind the scenes, the Cyber Internet Safety Society is a not-for-profit organization and, since October, has brought its Internet safety and anti-bullying message to 26 schools, Mingo said, reaching 18,000 students and are on track to connect with 35,000 by the end of June with one single message in mind: don’t be a bully.
With the support of Canadian actors Jonathan Torrens and Lenore Zann (also MLA for Truro-Bible Hill), the Cyber Internet Safety Society was able to produce a program that reaches youngsters at their level, Mingo said, while the Town of Truro provided the society with the means of acquiring Cyber. Plans are underway to purchase another Cyber to expand the society reach.
To view a message from Cyber and stay up to date with developments at Cyber Safety Programs, visit: www.programmedforsafety.org