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Published November 05, 2010, 06:16 PM

Parents Concerned About Cyber-bullying

Parents are working on fast-tracking a group to "stomp out bullying."

A lot of bullying is now done through text message, e-mail and facebook, they're calling it silent bullying and there aren't many ideas as to how to stop it.

Tina Erker from Rogers, North Dakota, south of Cooperstown, is working to start the "stomp out bullying" campaign.

Her daughter was one of Cassidy's best friends.

Erker says bullying was going on while she was in school and only continues to get worse.

She says she understands it's hard for school administration to control when bullying can be cyber-based and parents should monitor their children, but they also need to work together.

She says bullying is no longer just a physical thing.

"You know the saying 'sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?' I think that's wrong because words do hurt and we know that all from experience," Tina Erker, a coordinator with the anti-bullying campaign said.

November 14th through the 20th is National Bullying Week.

Erker says she'll be putting up signs at the school, and students are asked to wear blue on Friday as a sign of peace and safety.

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