Well, the world has certainly changed since I grew up and I am pretty sure a lot of other parents feel the same way. The fact is that technology within just the past decade or two has changed so much that we truly live in a different type of world now.
I love the internet and texting on my cell, but there is also the ugly side of this as well. With the current social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace and our children’s unsatiable need to text constantly, a lot of harm can occur.
How is cyberbullying defined exactly? “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. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.
Why is this issue so important? Because many kids that have had this happen to them or have gotten involved in it have killed each other or committed suicide. There are so many ways that cyberbullying can occur now that we ALL need to be aware of it. Lewd language, offering the vicitm up for sex on a site, tormenting the victim can certainly do a number and cause a lot of strees to not only the student but the whole family as well!
I found this website to be a great source of information regarding this subject if you need more. http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/