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Midstate police department takes to social media to help combat bullying

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Jul 30, 2012 11:35 PM

(Lancaster) -- Information about preventing bullying among some central Pennsylvania students is now just a "like" or "share" away on Facebook. The Lancaster City Police Department has begun posting articles and other materials on its page identifying signs of bullying and outlining what parents and teachers can do to cut down on the dangerous behavior.

Sergeant Timothy Frey says the new online campaign is one of the first of its kind among midstate police departments. He says it makes sense to take to social media in order to communicate with students who may see bullying in their own schools. "The goal there is to get our school resource officers engaging the kids in a forum that they're comfortable with. We've found that Facebook is a great way to get information out there, and to get people talking and commenting on issues," he says. "Once kids learn about the page, they'll tell their friends, and it'll take off."

Frey says many Lancaster community members have already commented on information he's shared on the page. He says it's especially important for parents and neighbors to recognize early signs of bullying so they can help stop it before it becomes a problem. Frey adds he's looking to post more information on the topic online as the summer winds to a close and the next school year begins.

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