LGBTQ-inclusive bullying laws associated with fewer teen suicide attempts, study says

All 50 states have anti-bullying laws, but just 20 have explicit sexual orientation protections, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth is an endemic public health issue: LGBTQ youth face more bullying and report higher levels of suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts than

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Tyler Clementi Foundation Executive Director Jason Cianciotto Announces Departure as Part of Jane Clementi’s Transition to Chief Executive Officer

Jason Cianciotto, who joined the Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF) in September 2017 as Executive Director, has announced that his tenure will be completed at the end of 2018. This follows Jane Clementi’s October announcement about expanding her role to become TCF’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Cianciotto has been helping to facilitate this transition. “Like so

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How Ridgewood’s Jane Clementi Found Her Faith After Son’s Suicide

RIDGEWOOD, NJ —Following her son’s suicide, Jane Clementi turned to something that some people might abandon: Her faith. Clementi spoke on the “Today” show Wednesday, on what would have been her son Tyler’s 27th birthday. “I would hear single words at a time and to me that was God’s presence,” Clementi said. “He would continually

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Tyler Clementi Foundation Launches Anti-Bullying Toolkit for Christian Communities

Today, the Tyler Clementi Foundation announced the launch of the #Day1 Toolkit for Christian communities. The toolkit creates a simple, effective and empowering framework for stopping, and ultimately ending, bullying, beginning on the first day of any Sunday school or youth group. This new toolkit, specifically geared toward Christian communities and churches, joins those previously released by the Tyler

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The Biggest Bully of LGBTQ People: Organized Religion

As a gay youth, I attended church like I attempted suicide: half-heartedly, with a lack of conviction, and pretty sure it wasn’t for me. That makes me one of the lucky ones. Growing up in Wilmington, Del., in the 1970s and 1980s, I had no idea how lucky I was to be brought up in

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Hope in the fight against cyberbullying: Tyler Clementi’s mother on a serious crisis that demands more action

This week, a newly released poll confirmed what many parents have long known or suspected: Their children and teens are being bullied online through apps, games and social media. The data reveals that half of teens in New York City report they have experienced some form of cyberbullying and more than half know how to hide their

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Cyberbullying Rampant Among NYC Teens, Survey Finds

Nearly half of New York City teenagers say they have been cyberbullied, indicating online abuse is alarmingly common among the city’s youth, a new study of online behavior shows. Some 48 percent of teens said they have personally experienced cyberbullying, with degrading or insulting online comments being the most common form of abuse, according to

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City leaders, child advocates, AT&T launch program for parents to monitor kids’ cellphones

Parental controls for your kids on their cellphones: it’s called Screen Ready. “With kids, teens and families spending more time than ever on their devices, online safety is very important,” said Sharon Greenberger, president of the YMCA of Greater New York. It was launched by city leaders, AT&T and the YMCA Wednesday. “We invite you

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Poll: 84 Percent of NYC Kids Ages 3 to 7 Have an Internet-Connected Device

Kids are online younger and more often than even a year ago. A new poll of teenagers and their parents in the city and surrounding suburbs found 96 percent of 8 to 12 year-olds have their own internet connected device, and a somewhat shocking 84 percent of children ages 3 to 7 have their own

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Half of New York-Area Teens Spend at Least Three Hours a Day Socializing Online

Metro area survey also shows about 84% of children ages three to seven with ‘millennial parents’ have their own internet-connected devices In an attempt to stave off trouble online, Mark Davis won’t let his boys, ages 12 and 14, take internet-connected devices into their bedrooms. When one son got a bad grade recently, Mr. Davis

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