The folks at Best Education Degrees pulled together some data about cyberbullying, since “80% of teens (are) on cell phones and…social media sites, and it’s time to understand that technology is connecting teens in ways they can’t escape.” And, as they report, the results can be extremely serious. (Thanks to MomTini reader Stephanie from Illinois for sending this my way).
I’ll share their tips for parents and educators here:
Tips for parents
• Unconditional support.
• Inform the child of options in dealing with the bully.
• Work with school officials.
• Work with the parents of the bully.
• Contact IT providers to get content removed and bullies blocked.
• If necessary, contact the police.
Tips for Educators
• Teach that cyberbullying is wrong.
• Listen and respond to all reports of bullying.
• Have students work on projects against cyberbullying.
• Have a system for complaints to be documented.
• Host speakers on the topic of bullying.
• Ensure that school is a safe place; free from cyberbullying.
…and this great infographic with a snapshot of this epidemic…
Source: Best Education Degrees