We have all heard stories and read statistics about cyberbullying at home and on school campuses. Parents and teachers need to work together to combat this epidemic.
According to Cyberbullying Statistics:
~Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online.
~More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats.
~Over 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly or through their cell phones or the internet.
~Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyberbullying occurs.
Some TIPS on how can parents and teachers prevent bullying..
* Be aware of what kids are doing online.
* Become familiar with warning signs that your child or student is a victim of cyberbullying.
* Talk to your child or student about what is happening.
* Talk to your child or student about who is involved in the bullying.
* Document or keep records of everything happening.
* Intervene and/or get help for the victim(s) being bullied.
* Reach out to the bully to express your concern.
Cyberbullying is rarely limited to one or two incidents so teachers and parents will likely need to be as persistent as the bully in terms of documenting, blocking, and/or reporting what is happening online. Consider involving counselors, mental health professionals, and law enforcement if needed. No one should ever have to put up with cyberbullying!