As I browsed through several websites this morning checking out headlines, I was struck by the one that posted “41% of American adults have been personally subjected to online harassment — an increase from two years ago — and 66% have witnessed it” Actually, two sites were reporting this figure. This is a troublesome statement, and with school not far from starting up for the fall semester, I thought I might share a couple of things with you folks.
First, make sure you know the difference between cyberbullying, cyber-harassing, and cyberstalking. Only MINORS can cyberbully and/or cyber-harass, according to the law. Once you hit adult status, it becomes cyber stalking, which is another issue. Most states have websites available for you to contact and report real or cyberbullying. In Mississippi, this is the site.
Now if you ever feel your child is being cyberbullied, or you are being cyber stalked, be sure to contact your local authorities first. Then follow the list of things to do/keep contained at this site. Also, read this article on steps you can take to stop cyberbullying.
In addition to the article linked below, here is another article on the increase in cyberbullying.
Remember, while this is an issue that affects all of us, it especially needs to be reviewed at schools, so teachers, be sure to check out these articles, and make sure you know what to do if any cyberbullying or cyberstalking occurs.
If you have any thoughts, comments, or links you want to pass along, feel free to do so in the comments area.