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Cyberbullying: Its Tragic Consequences
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Cyberbullying: Its Tragic Consequences

Bullying is the number one issue that schools deal with in today’s society. Schools across the nation are dealing with incidents of bullying. Bullying has evolved over the years and has become something unfamiliar to many parents. The bullying that children experiencing today is much different from the bullying that was experienced by their parents.  When did bullying get so complicated? The answer is when the internet became accessible by more than just a computer on a desk. Kids today carry cell phones with access to the internet, IPods that have Wi-Fi access, and computers that go with them everywhere. Many teens are plugged in constantly, and parents they don’t have to be at home or at school to have access, most business now have Wi-Fi, Tim Horton’s, McDonalds, and Barnes and Nobles, allowing teens to get on the internet at any time.

On Sunday Jamey Rodemeyer took his own life due to consequences of bullying. Jamey had been bullied all through middle school and just weeks ago started his freshman year in high school. What should be a time of excitment and happiness was tourment and dispair for Jamey. While Jamey’s parents called the school and tried to help their child, unfortunately the system failed him. It takes more than just one person to recognize and stop bullying. The old adage of it takes a village to raise a child is true.  While it is one thing for parents to recognize and step in when their child id being bullied, whether it is cyber, physical, etc., it’s another and more important thing for parents to step in when they realize it’s their child DOING the bullying.

The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYSDCJS) has some resources on bullying. In a report from the Cyberbullying Research Center they provide some red flags that your child may be involved in cyberbullying.

To see the rest of this story and see the red flags from the NYSDCJS and Cyberbullying Research Center Check out the full story Cyberbullying: Its tragic consequences

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