Cyberbullying continues to be an issue
Aug. 20, 2012
(StatePoint) Most parents are familiar with traditional bullying that takes place at school and on the playground, but as life has gone digital, so has bullying.
"Cyberbullying, bullying that occurs through technology like computers and mobile devices, is often harder to detect than traditional bullying. The bully isn't immediately visible and may not even be known to the victim," says pediatrician Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and author of "CyberSafe: Protecting and Empowering in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming, and Social Media."
"Because of this, cyberbullying is often more upsetting to victims, with even more profound and long-lasting effects," Dr. O'Keeffe said.
While the anonymous nature of the digital world does pose a challenge to identifying cyberbullies, O'Keeffe notes, parents can take an active role toward combating this 21st century problem.
Here are tips for parents to get a handle on cyberbullying, whether your child is a victim, a bystander or even participating in the bullying:
With a new school year come new challenges. Learn about the realities of cyberbullying and what you can do to protect your children.
Courtesy of StatePoint
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