Cyber Bullying: Juvenile Officers Step In
by vbald1 on October 11, 2013 - 9:09pm
The problem with cyber bullying is that it is not just something that hurts someone’s feelings; cyber bullying can make a child feel alone and can often lead to suicide or intentionally hurting themselves. It is a hard situation to take care of because parents don’t always check over their child’s shoulder as they are online, or check their text messages to see if they are being harassed, or even harassing someone else. Most children take part in cyber bullying in order to look “cool” or get attention from others. I believe that the thought behind a juvenile officer telling students starting in 6th grade the consequences of cyber bullying is awesome. I was bullied in 7th grade, which was 6 years ago, and when it was brought to the attention of the administrators, they didn’t know how to handle it because it was one of the first times they have heard of cyber bullying. This article was something I could relate to and it is so good to know that officers are stepping in to prevent cyber bullying starting at the middle school level. Cyber bullying is not a topic that should be taken lightly. It makes a child feel alone and feel like they have no one to turn to. This is hard to handle at such a young age, but you grow from it and learn from it as well. School counselors, administrators and officers should take every chance they get to try and prevent a child from being bullied in any way, especially when it is happening behind the comfort of a computer screen or cellphone.
Thaxter, K. (2010). Cyber Bullying: Challenges and Strategies Faced by Juvenile Police Officers. Journal Of Social Sciences (15493652), 6(4), 527-529.