One in 10 teens cyberbullied every few weeks – The Daily Telegraph
A ‘watershed’ case in school bullying? – USA Today
Headlines like this concern me. Bullying is a big problem for school aged children and teens. Whilst I realise that bullying is not a new problem, the additional impact of technology as a means of intensifying the pressure against victims whilst providing a veil of anonymity to the bullies, is frankly, frightening.
From The Daily Telegraph;
“Most of those being cyberbullied are also being bullied face-to-face, research by the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia shows.”
“The research also found young women were more likely to ask adults for help than young males, but adult intervention didn’t always resolve the situation.
Being cyberbullied also affects the victim’s life at school, with the victim six times more likely to feel disconnected to school and seven times more likely to never feel safe at school.”
From USA Today;
Parents might not realize that the stereotypical bully of generations past — a swaggering schoolyard lout, low on self-esteem, quick to lash out, easy to identify — has become as anachronistic as the blackboard at many schools.
Educational psychologists describe a new kind of bullying. The perpetrators are attractive, athletic and academically accomplished — and comfortable enough around adults to know what they can and can’t get away with, in school and online.
These bullies are so subtle and cunning it’s hard for school staff to know if what looks like bullying really is, and what to do about it.”
As parents, we cannot stick our heads in the sand when it comes to bullying. We cannot live in denial in the hope that it will not happen to our child. We need to arm ourselves with strategies to educate our children from the youngest age. Watch out for an upcoming series of posts which introduce strategies to help ‘bullyproof’ our children, and to help them learn to empathise, to care for others.