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Putting A Stop to Cyberbullying

Posted on Feb 01 2013 under Blog Posts

cyber-bullyingCyberbullying is a major issue among teens today. It seems that there is a story making the daily news such as a 13 year old boy who commits suicide after relentless cyberbullying behavior tormented him. The online world has spiraled out of control; no longer is it being used primarily for research or staying in touch with friends but as a platform to inflict hurt on others. This behavior has gotten to a point that the teens being targeted feel that the only way out is to end their lives. Often the targets of cyberbullying feel embarrassed and therefore isolate themselves.

So what can we do to stop this epidemic? I believe that parents need to stay on top of what their kids are being exposed to. Parents must be vigilant observers and engage with their kids in order to see the changes and stress their kids might be experiencing. Some might say that parents should take away cell phones and set the parental controls on the Internet, but that isn’t very realistic. As parents you can’t spend every waking moment guarding your children. The best thing that you can do is teach them how to protect themselves, how to make smart, sound decisions and not to be afraid to reach out to someone they trust. The key is NOT to isolate themselves.

If you would like to know more about cyberbullying, visit the STOP Cyberbullying website. You will learn about cyberbullying, how it works and prevention tips for teens, parents and schools. You can also listen to our podcast “The Dark Side of Technology: Healing the Effects and Preventing Cyberbullying.”  Stay tuned for our upcoming March radio series on Preventing Youth Violence in support of the National SAVE Youth Violence Prevention Week.

Authored by Mia Brooms
Graduate Student Intern


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