Bullying Our Kids in Our Homes: Welcome to Cyber-Bullying

Last night Tom’s daughter, Sue, came out of her room and said, “I got another one of those instant messages. It says, ‘tomorrow you had better not show up at school or else’.” She has been getting messages frequently. The result of this is that she no longer likes to turn her computer on. stoppingschoolviolence

Sue is 14 years old and in the 8th grade. She has been bullied at school for a number of years and she has had a difficult time getting the Principal and teachers to end it. Sue has two disadvantages that make her a target. First, she has always had a weight problem, not extremely heavy but overweight. Second, her last name is hard to pronounce. This has led to numerous ways to say and spell her name. Others have been very creative and cruel. Tom is aware that she needs to lose weight but what can he do about his last name….change it?

This should come as no surprise to anyone, but as technology changes so do the bullies. Bullying has gone wireless. These are situations our children face that we never did. How does this happen? The Internet, cell phones with text messaging, instant messaging, camera phones and e-mail are the bullies’ new tools.

This is coming to a school near you if it hasn’t already. The concerns involving cyber-bullying include:

1. Cyber-bullying can be much more damaging psychologically and can be much more intense.

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