Bullying moving to online realm

May 3, 2012 Jan Larson One Comment

By Alyssa Geary

Although many schools have blocked social networking sites from school computers, students can still be affected by cyberbullying off campus, through cell phones and home computers. Anti-bullying programs that help bring awareness and educate students on the issue can help to promote a more positive school environment. © 2012 Alyssa Geary

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.

Local Teens Speak Out

Inside Eau Claire sat down with three local high school students, who shared their insight on the problem of cyberbullying. 

Katelynne Devney is a 16-year-old junior who attends Memorial High School. Devney said she knew a student who was cyberbullied and shared her thoughts on the issue. © 2012 Alyssa Geary

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Collin Garcia attends Memorial High School. The 16-year-old junior said that he was not concerned about the issue of cyberbullying and explained why. © 2012 Alyssa Geary

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Meg Sedahl is a junior at Regis High School. The seventeen-year-old student explained that cyberbullying affects students beyond the classroom. © 2012 Alyssa Geary

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One Comment → “Bullying moving to online realm”

  1. The Mommy Psychologist 1 year ago  

    There used to be a time when you could get away from bullying. But it’s not that way anymore. For kids that are being bullied, it now follows them home and everywhere because so much of the bullying happens online. Lots of kids turn to drastic measures to either protect themselves or hurt themselves. It is so tragic. I talk about online bullying and suicide here:

    http://www.themommypsychologist.com/2012/05/02/online-bullying-and-teenage-suicide/

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