With the advancement of technology students are becoming more tech savy. Students today are now able to communicate through technology. The stop cyber bullying website defines the term cyber bullying as "a child, preteen or teen is being tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones." Cyber-bullying is the same as bullying, but the only difference it happens through the use of technology. Examples of technology today's is through emails, instant messaging, MySpace, Facebook, among other resources. Even our phones can be used as a way of cyber-bullying other students. As you will see Cyber-bullying is something that is common and can be hidden from parents because they at times don't know what their kids are doing such as texts they send, or what they tell other students. Ignoring the issue can have serious ramifications as you will see in the video below.
ABC NEWS presents examples of cyber bullying
Safety/Legal issues of cyberbullying
The factors leading to cyber bullying among students has different rules and regulations. These rules are all different among school districts. Alegal matter and a problem for schools is that they are unable to monitor social websites, texts, and emails. The best way for an administration to intervene is for students to come forward to inform the administrative that they are or know that someone is being cyber-bullied. More information can be found at http://www.ctap8.org/cybersafety/html/legal.php
TIPS FOR EDUCATORS
Cyberbullying can be seen through educators being vigilent and being attentive to what is going on in the classroom. Educators can prevent cyber bullying if they can identify it, but ten tips can be found in the pdf below.
Tips for Parents
Parents play a key role in what children do online. Parents at all times must be able to know if their child is okay, and if not try talking to them to figure out the problem. Getting involved in their education can always help by having conferences with their teachers. Parents must let their kids know that the idea of bullying others in person or through technology is NOT OKAY. The following are tips that parents can do to prevent cyber bullying: