Teens live for their cell phones…90% of ’em all. You think that the biggest challenges come from throwing them? No…cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, email, chat rooms or social media used to intimidate, harass, threaten, or humiliate someone. It has increased among teens as they have more access to electronic technology. It often takes place anonymously.
- Encourage students to reach out to trustworthy adults.
- Disengage, but do not retaliate.
- Log off to block harassers.
- Use privacy settings to give a sense of empowerment.
- Report right away using automated reporting systems.
Watch out. “Our kids” can fall on either side of this one. Keep track of what websites they’re accessing and when…Home and School.