In one year alone, the National Crime Prevention Council reported a whopping 43% of teens have been victims of cyberbullying. It's often an invisible problem. How bad is it and what do you need to know to help? We'll share some tips, below.
According to the US-Cert, cyberbullying is about using technology to harass or bully someone else. You might think bullying has to be physical intimidation or harassment by postal mail or phone. But some people use computers, cell phones, and PDAs to abuse others through email, instant messaging, web pages, and digital photos.
Cyberbullying can take on many forms. Often, cyberbullies will adopt more than one tactic to harass a child. Some real life examples are:
Cyberbullying may seem humorous at first, but it can have serious long-term effects - for the person being picked on as well as the person doing the harassment. It's important to teach children that the Internet is not anonymous and everything posted online leaves a permanent digital footprint, traceable by law enforcement, educational institutions and future employers.
According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 43% of teens were victims of cyberbullying in 2010. But only 11% of teens reported the incidents to their parents.
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