On March 26, Ben Halpert, Savvy Cyber Kids’ founder, gave testimony before Georgia Legislature’s House committee in support of HR 553, which would create a House study committee on cyber-bullying.

Ben told state representatives, “Those wishing to cause our children harm now have more effective ways of doing so. The smartphone, any internet-enabled device, has taken the front door off our homes and invited in threats to our children.”

Ben was joined by Titania Jordon, Chief Parenting Officer at Bark, a technology solution to help parents monitor their children’s text messages, emails, YouTube, and over 24 social media platforms. Bark alerts parents to signs of potential issues like cyberbullying, acts of violence, depression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.

Read their full testimonies here:

BEN: https://medium.com/@benhalpert/full-text-testimony-in-support-of-hr-553-creating-the-house-study-committee-on-cyberbullying-a4fdc4699e6f

TITANIA: https://www.bark.us/blog/bark-testifies-georgia-assembly/

Read news coverage about this event here: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/georgians-ask-house-for-study-on-1/

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