It's no wonder that more and more kids bully each other with the amount of avenues and ways that have made it easier for them to do it.
Researchers confirm that, citing text message bullying as a big factor — and it's on the rise.
24% of the 1,100 kid surveyed for the study say they've been harassed by text. That number was up 14% from the year before.
The researchers say that this isn't cause for a knee jerk reaction yet, there's no need to band kids from their tech:
"This is not a reason to become distressed or take kids' cellphones away. The majority of kids seem to be navigating these new technologies pretty healthfully."
Yeah, but for a minority of people to be treated terribly still is too many.
Online bullying, however, is staying the same without much growth. Which we feel is both good and bad.
"If online bullying were getting worse. I would expect to see more kids saying they're distressed by it. But we didn't see that, and I think that's good news. We need to do a better job of identifying these kids, and helping them."
The biggest thing, researches say, is to talk to your kids. Teach them that the golden rule applies everywhere, even digitally. If the parenting is there, chances are the kid will be on the right path!
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