Cyberbullying: Kids Use Technology to Harass Other Kids
An astounding 25% of American children have been victims of cyberbullying and 20% of American teenagers say they’ve participated in sexting, according to a recent article published in U.S. News & World Report.
“With the increase in technological devices, children are now using [them] to harass and harm other children,” says Bridget Roberts-Pittman, an assistant professor of counseling at Indiana State University.
Parents should take special notice if their child exhibits a bout of anxiety, depression, or withdrawal. It’s important to note that many kids and teens who are victims of "technology harassment" may not realize that there is action they can take against the instigators, such as contacting site administrators to remove content, or talking to the police. In many cases, this lack of awareness contributes to a child’s downward spiral, and a quick talk by parents about the best way to respond could significantly lessen a child’s feeling of helplessness.
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