Cyberbullying, 'Sexting' Major Problems for Schoolkids
Being bullied in cyberspace and "sexting" are major problems for school-age children, and parents need to be aware of this to protect them, says an expert. Research suggests that as many as 25 percent of children in the United States report being subjected to cyberbullying, which the use of technological devices to deliberately harass or harm other people through e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, cell phones and online networking sites."With the increase technological devices, children are now using to harass and harm other children," Bridget Roberts, an professor of counseling at Indiana State University, said in a university news release.

"Many children have personal cell phones, making it very easy to use these devices in that way. Communication in cyberspace also seems more anonymous and seems to require less responsibility on the part of the child committing the behavior." And at least 20 percent of teens say they've engaged in sexting, which is the sending of sexually explicit photos via cell phones. "Teens and their parents are not aware of the serious nature of such an act and the potentially life-long consequences" of sexting, Roberts-Pittman warned. For example, teens arrested for sexting can be charged with the possession or distribution of child pornography and be required to register as a sex offender for up to 20 years in some states.

She said worrisome changes in a child's behavior may be an indication of cyberbullying or sexting. "Behavior change is a part of adolescence. However, a significant change could mean the child is dealing with a serious issue such as cyberbullying. Parents should be aware of signs such as anxiety, depression, their child not wanting to attend school or making a drastic decision such as quitting a sports team," Roberts-Pittman said. In addition, parents need to monitor their children's phone and Internet use and can do so using software packages such as Spectorsoft or I Am Big Brother.
You have read this article adolescence / harass / pornography / sex with the title Cyberbullying, 'Sexting' Major Problems for Schoolkids. You can bookmark this page URL Thanks!

No comment for "Cyberbullying, 'Sexting' Major Problems for Schoolkids"

Post a Comment