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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when one person is harassed by another person through technology - phone, text messages, or the Internet. Finding out what cyberbullying is, how to prevent it, how to teach your children proper technology use and how to deal with the effects of cyberbullying, can help educate everyone on the fight against it. Cyberbullying is real, and it happens each and every day. People must stand up and fight against it.

Research on Cyberbullying

Research suggests that cyberbullying is on the rise and has increased tremendously over the last few years. The studies have included middle and high school students. One of the studies found that 10 percent of 2000 middle school students were cyberbullied within the previous 30 days, over 17 percent of these students reported being cyberbullied at least once in their lifetime. While these numbers are lower than some of the previous research findings, it is still a growing problem. Older youth tend to use the Internet more than younger youth and therefore they have a greater chance of being cyberbullied. The National Crime Prevention Council reports that cyberbullying has become a problem that affects around half of all teens in the US. One research report found that over 60 percent of students in California have been cyberbullied.

Comparison to Traditional Bullying

One of the biggest contributing factors of the rise in cyberbullying is that the perpetrator can remain anonymous while online. This lessens their concern that they will have to pay for their online bullying. Furthermore, many parents do not supervise their child's online activity, due in part to the fact that many young people know more about the Internet than their parents. This allows the bullies to say whatever they want without fear of reprisal.

Additional Resources

Champions Against Bullying: Parents can learn how to recognize the signs and help their child safely. Kids can find out what to do if they are being cyber bullied. Check out the latest article in TEACH Magazine on their site.

DigiZen: Website designed for kids to get safe digital technology tips and hints.

Family Lives: Great place for parents to find out more information about cyber bullying and how to get help.

Cyber Mentors: Meet new friends and get help and advice if you're a kid that is struggling with cyber bullying.

Kids Help: A whole website dedicated to kids getting the information they need about cyber problems.

Criminal Justice Services: Overview and explanation of what cyber bullying is, when and where to get help, and the fight against it.

Internet Safety: Learn safety for the Internet if you're a kid on this cool website.

Cyberbullying Research Center: Learn research and the trends in cyber bullying throughout the years. A lot of statistics.

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: Learn what safe and responsible internet use is and what is best for you children.

National Crime Prevention Council Find out more information and where to go for help when you're being cyberbullied.

Stop Cyberbullying: The fight against cyber bullying starts here and you can now get all the information you need to prevent it.

Beware of the Cyber Bully: An article from i-SAFE about how to deal with and avoid cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Facts and Info: An overview of cyberbullying and what is being done to stop it.

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