This generation of children has become more connected to technology and Internet communication than ever before. Cyber-bullying is an issue on the rise that requires proactive parents that know how to appropriately respond in order to protect and support their children.
Some Quick Statistics:
- Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. One in four has had it happen more than once.
- One in three teens has experienced cyber-threats online.
- Nine out of ten middle school students have had their feelings hurt online.
- About 75% have visited a website bashing another student.
- Four out of ten middle school students have had their password(s) stolen and changed by a bully who then locked them out of their own account or sent communications posing as them.
- The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are similar to real-life bullying outcomes, except for the reality that with cyber bullying there is often no escape. School ends at 3 p.m., while the Internet is available all the time.
- Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.
- Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
- 90% of victims will not inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
- Cyber bullying has increased in recent years. In a national survey of 10-17 year olds, twice as many children indicated they had been victims and perpetrators.
Heart 2 Heart Parent Support Network is presenting a FREE training for parents at a "Friday Forum" on Friday, November 16, 2012. The featured topic will be "Cyber-Bullying & Internet Safety Training". Don't miss this opportunity to receive practical training and discussion about an ever-pressing issue.
Registration is FREE and required to attend. The session will be held at Hampton Inn & Suites Grove City from 9:00am - 2:45pm. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. All parents who are pre-registered and not being paid to attend by an agency will receive a $25 gas card.
For my information and statistics about cyber-bullying, click here.