standard More parents turning to police to report cyberbullying

Has your child been a victim of Cyberbullying?  If so you are not alone.  Almost half of parents believe their child has been involved with Cyberbulling for some time.

But how do you report it?  There are only two places you can go.  School or the police.  Here is a great article that talks about the growing trend for people to turn to the police to report cyberbulling:

 

As more people become aware of the harmful consequences of cyberbullying, parents are more likely to report cyberbullying incidents directly to their local police than local school officials.

That’s the finding of a new national survey of 642 American parents conducted by the Fraud Prevention and Investigations business unit of Thomson Reuters.

According to the survey, 36 percent of parents would turn to law enforcement first if they learned that their child was the victim of cyberbullying threats and attacks versus 29 percent of parents who said they would go to their local school officials.

One reason that parents may hesitate going to their local school officials is that 30 percent of parents surveyed didn’t know if their child’s school has a policy to address cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is defined as bullying that takes place using electronic technology, according to stopbullying.gov, a website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Cyberbullying can take many forms – hurtful messages or embarrassing photos posted on social media sites, harassing text messages and emails, and private information purposefully shared through text messages, email or through the Internet.

The issue has become a priority for parents surveyed, of which 50 percent indicated that they are very concerned about the rise in cyberbullying.

 

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