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Respicio talks cyberbullying at Rotary meeting

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JOLEEN Respicio, coordinator of the Guam division of the Play by the Rules program, took advantage of this month’s anti-bullying awareness campaign and spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Northern Guam at their luncheon meeting last Wednesday about becoming better digital citizens.

Respicio spoke about becoming respectful citizens and being more responsible in a digital community in order to help deter incidents of cyberbullying.

“It’s critical that we’re responsible and respectful digital citizens when interacting with others online and it’s critical that we grow our digital consciousness because the digital world is only growing bigger,” she said.

Respicio also urged the community to think and act locally and globally. In a digital age, the Golden Rule – treating others the way one would like to be treated – is applicable not only in face-to-face communication, but also in digital relations, Respicio said.

Students know and monitor quite well the bullying atmosphere and what truly goes on in schools and online, Respicio said.

Guam students’ knowledge of bullying laws and other legal statutes has increased. According to Respicio, Guam students scored 40 percent higher than the national average in their post-test assessments of Guam laws than their U.S. mainland counterparts.

The Play by the Rules program is a national effort that educates students about the laws in their area in an effort to reduce the prevalence of juvenile delinquency.

“That’s basically the premise behind it: teach the law to kids so they develop a sense of civic responsibility, and provide them with the actual tools they need to prevent crime, save lives and build safer communities,” Respicio said.

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