Educational Technology

June 21, 2010

Schools grapple with growth of Cyberbullying

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:39 am

By Libby A. Nelson, Times-Tribune

“Cyberbullying didn’t exist a decade ago,” said Lynn Cromley, director of the Center for Safe Schools, an office within the state Department of Education charged with helping solve school violence. “Now it’s growing exponentially.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 35 percent of teens have experienced some kind of “electronic aggression,” threats, rumors or other bullying behavior expressed through cell phones or the Internet. Kids become less inhibited when using technology, Ms. Cromley said. They use harsher words than they might in person, and the insults can become sexual – “things they would never say face-to-face to each other,” she said.

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