Bullying is a serious concern among youth today and with the steady expansion of the cyber world, bullying has moved beyond a face-to-face problem. Oftentimes cyberbullying takes place through text messages and on social media sites, which allows mean-spirited behavior to follow kids outside of school or other social environments. Cyberbullying can be a one time thing, but often is done over a long period of time and occasionally anonymously.
McKenna, age 14, has been the target of cyberbullying by classmates. Recent comments on her Facebook page by a male classmate prompted calls by McKenna’s parents to her school and the police. Both said the actions were outside of their control. Shortly thereafter, a trip to the local mall with her mom ended in the physical assault of one of the bullies. Her mother was arrested on child abuse charges.
Has your child or a friend ever been cyberbullied? Has your child ever engaged in cyberbullying another child? What actions did you take?