Online bullying is a frightening reality, but you can do something about it
No one likes a bully. They're mean, they make you feel bad, and they're well known as the biggest drawback of schoolyard playgrounds. For all that we wish they didn't exist, bullies are too frequently a factor when we're growing up. At least parents and teachers both carry plenty of tools and training to fight the effects of playground meanies.
Unfortunately, social networks bring a whole new kind of peer cruelty: cyberbullying. While the phrase itself might sound a little silly, the tragic consequences of cyberbullying constantly make the news. The heartbreaking suicides of Ryan Halligan and Megan Meier show the deadly results of untempered bullying. Recently, ABC Family released Cyberbully, an educational drama that introduces kids to the very real dangers that lurk online.
As much as we wish it weren't so, cyberbullying is a real phenomemon, and it regrettably seems here to stay. As parents, we must be armed with the tools to protect our kids from online bullies and their effects.