Cyberbullying 101

By now, most parents have at least heard the term “Cyberbully”.  According to stopbullying.gov, cyberbullying is defines as, “bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

What surprises most people is when they learn how rampant of an issue it actually is.  Several different surveys have uncovered that roughly 1 in every 3 teens today has been cyberbullied at some point.  Even more alarming than that statistic is the steady increase over the past several years in teen suicides directly related to major cases of cyberbullying.

There are no shortage of special interest groups being formed to help combat the severity of this increasing problem as well as educating the general public.  In fact, David’s Legacy Foundation, named for David Molak, a victim of cyberbullying and teen suicide, has been working on “David’s Law“.  This is a bill that would make electronic harassment of a minor a misdemeanor and goes before the Texas legislature next year.

We at Cyber Watchtower take a very special interest in this onging problem and are trying to do all we can to help parents and kids learn and protect themselves.  Having 2 teenage daughters myself, not only do I fear for their physical safety, but their emotional safety as well.  I encourage parents to please monitor what your kids are doing online.  This isn’t just Facebook and Twitter, this includes text messaging, chat rooms, email, and any other form of electronic communication.

We offer services including Social Media monitoring as well as device management.  Both of these allow us to watch for early signs of cyberbullying and stop it before it gets rolling.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us any time.  You can reach us at info@cyberwatchtower.com.

 

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