October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which means that many parents and children will be discussing that form of bullying unique to the digital age: Cyberbullying. Not that cyberbullying is restricted to a particular month, but it is good to focus on becoming aware of this particular monster that can wreak havoc in the lives of children and parents. For some parents, cyberbullying can seem foreign and strange, and this makes it difficult to talk about. This behavior is vastly different from the bullies of their generation; the abuse is constant, reaching victims outside the schoolyard, and the consequences (emotional, physical, and even legal) of being either the victim or the aggressor can continue well into adulthood. The reach of cyberbullying might be alarming to many parents, too. The immediacy and far reach of technology and social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat make bullying much easier. In fact, reports from 2014 show that as many as 58% of school-aged children have received bullying messages, and 70% of students believe that bullying is a problem in their school. With these staggering numbers, it is critical that parents and children address cyberbullying and find ways to stop it. Whether your child […]
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