— Story by eSchool News
Cyber bullying is in the national spotlight again, and the news is not encouraging: On the heels of a widely publicized case in Missouri that led to the suicide of a 13-year-old girl, there is new research to suggest that instances of online harassment are on the rise among students. READ MORE››
By Paul Silli
If bullying at school wasn’t bad enough, now kids are getting online and being harassed to the point where many of them are committing suicide. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is trying to draw more attention to show how adolescents are affected by harassment through emails, Instant Text Messages, blogs, MySpace, and other electronic media.
I think it is horrible to know that children have committed suicide from the effects of bullies online. Sure, these kids probably have other emotional issues, but harassment at school or online only makes things worse for them. Many of our youth seek refuge online to socialize and interact with friends.
It is sad to learn that many of our kids are getting harassed. For example, they are called names, profanity is used, and there are many cases where disgusting “rumors” are spread about them… while using online networks such as “MySpace.”
Dilemma: What can we, as educators, do to help with this situation? How can we assist parents in finding ways to prevent kids from being harassed online?