Dateline will air a special report on bullying Sunday. We continue our week of awareness, with a look at Cyber-Bullying.
According to the National Crime Prevention Council, cyber-bullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens. It’s become an increasing problem that can have huge effects on children.
Cyber-bullying is when the internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt, harass, or embarrass another person. Effects can range from low self-esteem, missing class, dropping out of school, or worse, suicide.
Leslie Gandy says her daughter Margaret Ann has been the target of cyber-bullies. She says the comments could have lead to a criminal act. Gandy contacted the web page and police about her daughter’s threat, until the threats were removed. She also started a stop cyber bullying Facebook page. Gandy says, “It’s scary because in this day and age, bullying is not just in the parking lot after school, it’s 24 -7, around the clock. Even when you’re sleeping, cyber-bullying is going on.”
The National Crime Prevention Council recommends, if you are cyber-bullied or harassed, and need help, save all communication with the cyberbully and talk to a parent, teacher, law enforcement officer, or other adult you trust.