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    There’s local help for victims and their parents

    submitted by Joseph Yeager, Founder, Safety Net of PA, LLC,  www.josephmyeager.net

    For bullies who prey on children online, one of their goals is to isolate their victims. Social media’s very nature makes this easy in some cases, because they may not even know who is attacking them. That prevents the child from knowing who they can trust, further isolating the child.

    Fortunately, there is help for victims and their parents and it’s close by!

    The first option is the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), based in Jamison.

    This is a terrific organization, which provides counseling, advocacy and education to help victims of bullying and other crimes, not just online.  I’ve been to several programs they’ve done and I’ve always been impressed.

    NOVA can be reached at 1-800-675-6900.

    The second is also based in Bucks County – The Peace Center in Langhorne.

    Focusing on preventing violence and conflict resolution, they’re a great help to those in need.

    Like NOVA, I’ve gone to several programs that they have done over the years and they have a very devoted group to help people with problems, both online and offline.

    The Peace Center can be reached at 215-750-7220.

    Last, but certainly not least, is Fifty Shades of Purple against Bullying (FSPAB), a national organization based in Philadelphia, which believes “that everyone deserves to feel safe.”

    I’ve been on the advisory board for this group for a while now and I’m always impressed with their dedication to helping people who have been bullied.

    FSPAB offers a wide variety of educational support and advocacy resources to those who have been bullied.

    They can be reached via their website, http://www.fspagainstbullying.org.

    All three of these local organizations are available to help victims of bullying, online or offline. They also work to help bring awareness of the problem to the public and can provide support when needed.

    You should get to know them.