Hopefully we have all begun to understand the dangers that come along with our advances in communication technology. For one thing, we know that there many inappropriate websites out there that we must help our kids avoid.
We also have been warned about the “predators” lurking out there hoping to take advantage our kids. These dangers are real ….and worthy of our concern!
There are also dangers that our kids face that do not involve “strangers” - but more likely their own peers. One of those dangers is “cyber-bullying”.
Cyber-bullying is just like any other bullying where a bully aims to hurt, embarrass and/or threaten the victim. There are differences though…
- Cyber-bullying can take place 24hours a day (even while your son/daughter is in the protection of your home)!
- Cyber-bullying can take place without the victim even know who the bully is!
- About 50% of all kids report that they have been a “victim” of cyber-bullying!
- About 50% of all kids report that they have been a “cyber-bully” by writing mean and hurtful things about others in emails, texts or online.
- Most kids that are cyber-bullied NEVER tell their parents or ANY trusted adult!
If you discover that your child is the victim of cyber-bullying, please access the helpful resources in our "Stamp Out Bullying" section and alert child's guidance counselor.