Bullying is an issue that has long been a part of the school environment, but has taken on a new form. As students have increased access to technology, through the Internet or cellphones, harassment has now evolved into a new form: cyberbullying.
“We define cyberbullying as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cellphones or other electronic devices,” said Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. Schools have tried to prevent cyberbullying from occurring on school property by blocking social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, on school computers. However, Patchin said that such actions do not necessarily stop cyberbullying. Instead, schools should focus on implementing programs that educate students on what behaviors are acceptable and not acceptable.
For more information on cyberbullying, you can visit the website for the Cyberbullying Research Center.
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