AT&T “#LaterHaters” program attempts to end cyberbullying

AT&T “#LaterHaters” program attempts to end cyberbullying

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- With all the technological advances we have today, a new program from AT&T works to keep your kids safe from cyberbullying.

It's called hashtag "Later Haters." Later Haters is a website that gives parents and kids tips to help identify and fight online cruelty.

"I think it's a great program,” said Larry Singer, parent. “I think it's a way to make parents aware of what's going on with their children."

Singer is one parent who said he's thankful for the program.

He said he tries his best to monitor his teenage daughters social media accounts...but sometimes it's hard to keep up.

"Anytime she's on her phone she's on social media,” said Singer.

He said cyberbullying is a concern of his and he wants to make sure his daughter is protected.

"I remember when I was in school and it's pretty much the same,” said Singer. “It's just on social media now and it's a lot easier for people to hide their faces behind the phone."

AT&T spokesperson Emily Lang said that's exactly what the company recognized.

"There are people behind those cellphones and behind those social media accounts,” said Lang. “The words that you say on social media can hurt so, we want to teach people tips to combat and tools to help them be kind."

Some of those tools include resource apps like "I Am A Witness" and "Sit With Us,” designed to promote kindness and inclusion in schools.

Lang said staying up to date and talking to your kids can also protect them from cyberbullying.

"I think it's important for parents to be aware,” said Lang. “I am certainly trying it in my own house."

Singer said he's just grateful to know there's an outlet out there to help him with his daughter.

"For them to be aware or alert or to have a program that's out there for them to be able to check on their kids then I think it's awesome,” said Singer.
You can find several other resources and apps to help tackle cyberbullying. Just head to laterhaters.att.com.

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