Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cyberbullying's Impact on Our Children and What Schools Can Do

HuffPost Blog, May 7, 2014 (by Detective Sgt. Thomas Rich)

"In today's society social media is growing at lightning speed. With the age of the users signing up getting younger and younger, it has made its way into the lives of our youth and is not going away. This being said, it takes the issues of bullying and cyberbullying to a whole new level. The impact that technology has had on our children because they are now always connected, is that they now have become very disconnected with each other.

Starting at a very early age, children become drawn into the use of technology. Most children dive right into using the most popular applications that are out there -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kik, Snapchat and Tumblr just to name a few -- and unfortunately seem to share their entire life story. This practice now makes a child very vulnerable because of the fact that peers now have ammunition to harass, intimidate or bully him." Read more

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