Keeping kids safe through communication

By Matt Hicks
By Justin Andrews

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton City School District is trying to open the lines of communication when it comes to cyber bullying and protecting their students.

A special workshop Wednesday highlighted techniques and provided information to parents and others.

Officials say talking to children, especially if they're suspected of being victims to cyber bullies, is critical.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 43 percent of teens are exposed to cyber bullying, but just one in 10 actually tell their parents about it.

"I hope this can be a dialogue between our parents and s tudents, that they can speak about what's going on and discuss the issues that are on the internet and talk about those sore subjects like bullying on social networks," said Binghamton High School Assistant Principal Tia Rodriguez.

The workshop is a collaboration between the Binghamton City School District, the high school's Parent Teacher Student association, and the Binghamton University Share project.