[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/28/art.cook.ypwr.jpg caption=”Catherine Cook, 18, is seen here with brother and cofounder of myyearbook.com, Dave Cook, along with their brother Geoff Cook.”]
The story of Megan Meier is unforgettable for me and many of our viewers, no doubt; a 13-year-old girl who killed herself after being harassed online. As I kept reporting the horrific details, I wondered about a solution. It turns out 18-year-old Catherine Cook was thinking the same thing.
Catherine started myyearbook.com, the third largest social network in the United States, according to Hitwise, a competitive intelligence service. Reaching out to young people online, she decided to spend the month of June educating and acting to stop cyberbullying. So far, some 200,000 teens have pledged to “think before they click” and learn how to respond if they are the target of a cyberbully. Catherine hopes to have 1 million people sign the pledge in 2008.
“While nothing can bring Megan back, knowing that 1 million young people will take a pledge against cyberbullying in her name gives me hope,” says Tina Meier, Megan’s mom.
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