Students learn impacts of online bullying

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The father of a boy who killed himself after being bullied online says it’s up to young people to stop the growing problem of "cyberbullying."

John Halligan, of Essex Junction, told the story of his 13-year-old son to about 290 students from around Vermont at a conference in Montpelier yesterday that focused on cyberbullying.

In the event, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, students from about 30 schools participated in workshops aimed at teaching them about the nature and impact of bullying via instant messages and social networking Web sites like MySpace or Facebook.

Organizers hope the students learn what they can do individually and as groups to address the problem in their own schools.

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