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What parents can do about cyberbullying

        

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.

        

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2 Comments

  • Jake February 2, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I can’t believe you would think that parental software is going to help anyone. The only thing that will come of that is parents finding out that their kids are either smarter than them when they can’t install said software or that there child watches more porn than they knew existed. No child that is being “cyber bullied” is being made fun of solely online. If they were they could just turn off the computer and that would be the end of it. These kids just need to face their bully and let come what may. There is no garunteed way to stop a bully and people bully for different reasons, so trying to stop it with a blanket solution will never work. You can’t tell the teachers to just stop it because children are smarter than any person gives them credit for and will find a way to torture that kid while the teacher is distracted. You can’t regulate what children do on the internet and you can’t punish a child for being mean to another outside of school unless you are that bully’s parents (who are really the people that you need to be talking to in the first place). I am just so tired of all of this “cyber bullying” crap. If there really is no action that you can take to keep a child from being bullied on the internet then just don’t let them on the computer.

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  • Connor February 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

    @jake: for starters I dont get the part where you think taking kids off of a computer or a cellphone is the cure to the disease of cyberbullying. its a real issue hurting real ppl everyday and the solution isnt restricting them further. thats like telling them to turn in to amish people or something. sure parents would find porn on their kids phones, they would find all sorts of nonesense things but bullying aint something people are that vocal abt. u want parents to take a back seat just cuz their kid is “a kid” and has porn? and yeah u can punish kids for being jerks. thats how you teach them right and wrong, not by turning the other cheek and taking their commputer and cellphone away!

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