We’ve all heard the old proverb for dealing with school bullying, about sticks and stones. Not really that effective, back then. Less so, today. The image of the school bully beating up kids for their lunch money has been replaced by a more sinister digital monster. Children can now spread rumors and lies about other children through the powerful anonymity of the Internet, facilitated by the rise in young people owning cell phones.
According to the National Education Association in the U.S., an estimated 160,000 children miss school every day due to concerns over bullying. And given that most children are socialized by their peers not to “tattletale”, sometimes the hardest part is telling adults there’s a problem at all. Until it’s too late, that is.
Canada has one of the most infamous examples of cyber bullying. In 2012, Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd committed suicide due to constant harassment and even blackmail.Read More