Bullying in schools has been something that has occurred for years and years. However, the topic has become a growing problem, especially due to the internet. More students are turning to their computers to bully fellow pupils, and the implications have become worse.
StopCyberBullying.org states that “cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. To classify as bulling, a minor must be involved on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor.
Some states are attempting to put anti-cyberbullying legislation into effect. According to NPR, the law in Ohio is being named the Jessica Logan Law, after a girl who committed suicide after being tormenting over nude photos she sent to a former boyfriend.
The law defines bullying as “any intentional written, verbal, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student,” the news source reports.
There are a number of things that parents can do to ensure that their child is safe on the internet, according to The News-Sentinel. A community education coordinator, Chynna Presley, travels around Indiana to talk to parents and students about cyberbullying, sexting and other inappropriate behavior.
During the latest assembly, a parent in the audience, Saghi Togashi, explained to parents about various ways to monitor their child’s internet use. Togashi also explained that she started talking to her eldest son about appropriate computer behavior when he was in fourth grade, the media outlet reports.
Parents who believe their child is being bullied while on their computer may want to purchase parental control software, which can allow them to monitor what their child does on the internet. In addition, if they discover that they are being bullied, it is important to take it seriously and contact emergency services or the school.