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What Parents Need to Know About Bullying and Cyberbullying

What Parents Need to Know About Bullying and Cyberbullying

One out of every five (20.2%) students report being bullied.1

Regardless of how your child experiences it, it's very likely that they've witnessed bullying, been a bully themselves, or been a victim of bullying. According to Bark’s 2021 annual report, 85% of teens experienced bullying as a bully, victim, or witness.

As October is National Bullying Prevention Month, we're doing the homework for you and sharing some information that you need to know below:

  • There is not one single profile of a young person involved in bullying.
  • Prevention is possible, but is not just one tactic - often times there are multiple efforts that collectively prevent or diminish bullying.
  • It's evolving.
  • Cyberbullying is still bullying. This form of bullying is increasing in complexity with the growing number of social platforms and users online.

Here are some resources that will help you get more information on this topic:

HealthyChildren.org - the American Academy of Pediatrics Parenting Website

HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 67,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. A few relevant resources for families on this topic include:

Bark Technologies

Bark is a parental control app that proactively monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 30+ different social networks for potential safety concerns and alerts parents as needed. They have a wealth of resources for families including:

Members of ParentMD have access to an exclusive discount to Bark! Log in to your account and go to the recommended services page to access it.

Cyberbullying Research Center

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Resources on this site include several free downloadable resources for parents and children.

Operation Parent

Operation Parent is an amazing organization that is giving tools, information, and resources to parents on what's trending and new for our kids today. They are known for their handbook that is updated yearly, but have expanded into other resources as well. Check out their:

Other sites to check out for more information on bullying and cyberbullying:

Sources: 1. https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2020/2020063.pdf

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