Bullying beyond the school day

October 2017

The nature of bullying has changed over time. It can involve direct physical contact as well as verbal aggression such as threats, name-calling, or spreading rumors intended to cause emotional harm.

The rise of social media and texting has led to new and more sophisticated ways for bullies to reach their victims. No longer is bullying confined to face-to-face encounters. No longer can victims of bullying retreat to the safety of their homes at the end of the day.

Experts agree that the best tool to ensure online safety for children and teens is conversation. Talk with kids about what they are doing online and educate them about risks and threats. Teach them about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

For those who find themselves the target of bullies, Crisis Text Line can connect them by text with crisis counselors. In less than two years, it had responded to 6.5 million text messages — helping people with issues ranging from eating disorders to family crises to suicide and depression.

Check out Partners' resources for keeping kids safe online for more.

 

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