Being a kid is difficult. So many things are new, confusing and often scary. Every day is a discovery. So many choices. How to make the right ones? So many questions. Am I cool? Are my parents cool? How do I fit in? Where do I fit in?
Bullying makes things much worse. It puts kids into a very tough situation. It is hard to draw the line on where the jokes end and bullying starts. Do I report to parents? How about teachers? Will I be called a “dork” I do?
Then, cyber bullying adds even more complexities. How do I discover what other people are telling about me? How do I stop it? How do I tell my parents? How do I tell my best friend that she is being called names on a Facebook page?
Unfortunately, cyber bullying happens much more often that it gets reported.
I think it is time to understand how to stop it, what tools to use to prevent it and contain it. Because our kids deserve the best! They deserve to grow up and become confident, happy and productive people and not be held back by any sort of bullying, including cyber bullying.