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Cyberbullying Growing Problem

Cyberbullying Growing Problem

More than half of the country's young people report they've been cyberbullied.

That's according to the website nobullying.com which also found one in ten teens admit having an embarrassing photo of them posted online, and that same number has been a target of hate speech through social media.

“I think that everyone knows that cyber bullying happens, but just the thought that over half our kids have witnessed it, tells us just how serious it actually is,” says social media expert Crystal Washington.

She says its time parents step up their game when talking to their children about bullying.

“Not only the importance of not allowing themselves to be bullied by reporting it or sticking up for themselves, but they need to educate their children on the importance of having character and stopping it when they see others being bullied,” Washington tells KTRH News.

The site found neither girls nor boys are more of a target than the other, but boys do tend to make more serious threats online.

Victims of cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to consider suicide as a result.

Many teens admitted they become the aggressor when trying to respond to cyber bullying.

Washington says parents unfortunately must also talk with their kids about online trolling as well.

“Even as adults we interact with them, I've been trolled many times,” she says.  “And what you learn over time with wisdom, and that's why its a little bit harder for our teens, is how to ignore people.”

“Sometimes you just have to let the village idiot have their say, don't get sucked into it,” she says.

 

 

 

 

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