Statement from First Lady Katie O'Malley on Facebook's Anti-Bullying Initiatives

ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 12, 2011) –First Lady Katie O’Malley released the following statement today on Facebook’s launch of the "Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign through a recent partnership with Time Warner to combat bullying through a widespread media campaign: 

“As parents, Martin and I, along with Lt. Governor Brown, are committed to addressing all forms of bullying in Maryland. I’d like to applaud Facebook and Time Warner for joining in the effort and partnering together to take on the important issue of cyberbullying. 

“With the Internet, social networks and cell phones, the face of bullying has changed. The abuse no longer stops at the school yard, but bullies now have access to their victims 24 hours a day and the results can last a lifetime.  

“We look forward to working with organizations like Facebook and Time Warner to combat cyberbullying. Together, we can work to continue to raise awareness and implement effective policies to stop the abuse in our schools, communities and online.

“We can and we must do all we can to stand up against bullying. It starts with each of us.”

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