Is Cyber Bullying Becoming a Chronic Problem?
Lately, I have noticed an increase in the topic of bullying in the news. Have you? The most recent story to catch my ear was Curt Schilling’s, retired baseball great, as he defended the honor of his daughter. Both Curt and his daughter were being harassed on Twitter. Curt was shocked at some of the user’s aggressive and outrageous behavior. He was so upset by the responses, he started to track down these cyber bullies. As he found them, many apologized, but those that did not…Schilling named them publicly. “I want young girls and women to know: you don’t have to take this.”, said Schilling.
In 2010-2011, the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics indicated that nationwide, 9% of students in grades 6-12 experienced cyber bullying. In 2013, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System found that 15% of high school students in grades 9-12 were electronically bullied in the past year.
Did you know though, that cyber bullying is different than regular bullying as it can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Cyber bullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed to a very wide audience. It is sometimes impossible to trace the source. Deleting these harassing messages, texts or pictures is extremely difficult once they have been sent.
The harmful effects of both bullying and cyber bullying are very similar. Typical behaviors exhibited could be:
- Use of alcohol and drugs
- Skipping and unwilling to attend school
- Receiving poor grades
- Having a lower self-esteem
- Having increased health problems
We can all band together and stand up to this problem. Here are a few things we can do to stop bullying:
- Make sure to intervene immediately
- Use respectful behavior when you intervene
- Stay calm. Reassure everyone.
You can find more by information on bullying by going to stopbullying.gov. This subject is important to me as I have 4 young grandchildren and would not want to see any of them have to go through this. Let’s band together and stop cyber bullying.
About the author: Pam Fortier has been in the life insurance business for over 30 years. She also holds both a LUTCF designation and a CISR designation. Pam is adept at helping clients select the coverage they want at the price they can afford. You can contact Pam at 1-800-651-1953 or PFortier@Pivot.com.