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Virtual Schooling and Internet Safety

With many Students going to School virtually, State Officials are warning families about the dangers of the Internet. This morning, State Officials discussed the many resources to protect children from the dangers of the Internet, one of those resources being Safe2Say. Attorney General Josh Shapiro says many Students across the State said that there weren’t many mental health resources. When the Pandemic hit, he says Students felt isolated in their homes and had even fewer outlets to turn to.

With COVID-19 amplifying the role of the Internet, State Officials are reminding families about Safe2Say, a platform for children to anonymously report threats of violence and harassment. Shapiro says they’ve gotten over 51,000 tips since the launch of this program. He says a lot of the tips involved mental health, self-harm and cyberbullying. Since the early days of the Pandemic, Shapiro says they’ve seen about a 17-38% increase in cyberbullying tips. Students can submit a tip anonymously at or by downloading the Safe2Say Something App. Attorney General Josh Shapiro saying: “Even if we’re not inside a bricks and mortar building, even if we’re not in front of mandated reporters day in and day out we still want Students to know that we’re here from them.”

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