The Real Housewives of D.C. are joining the fight against the crippling impact of bullying, helping Facebook cultivate an environment free of online harassment.
Mary Amons and husband Rich, Stacie Turner and husband Jason, Catherine Ommanney, Lynda Erkiletian, and Paul Wharton have rallied behind the social networking site's Safety Page, which aims "to provide you with updates and information to help keep you and your family safe while using Facebook or surfing on the Internet."
In a video on the page featuring the cast, Cat shares a personal story about being bullied as an adult. "I've raised my girls to be extremely careful on the Internet and that includes being careful about the things they post," she says. "Even comments that young people think are harmless could really hurt someone or put them in danger. I have personally experienced online bullying and found it deeply disturbing. It's not something I would wish on anyone at any stage of their lives. I hope you'll join me in educating young people to think twice before they post, and if something seems borderline, just don't do it."
Paul also hit a personal note, speaking directly to youth struggling with their sexual identity. "I understand from personal experience what you might be going through," he confides. "When I was a kid, there were very few resources available to me when I was being bullied. I felt alienated from my peers and very much alone…if all of us, including you, speak up and get involved the worst will be behind us."
For more information, go to Facebook.com/fbsafety.