Bullying of children and teens happens whether they interact with others in person or through social media. Like the horrible virus, research suggests cyberbullying will continue to spread during social distancing because social media is their primary form of communication. (See, e.g., https://cyberbullying.org/coronavirus-online-learning-social-isolation-cyberbullying).
Youth are more frequently making and perpetuating comments about others – both positive and negative. Comments made on social media can have unintended consequences and could be considered bullying.
The below links provide information to protect and educate your children and family.
- Find comprehensive information about bullying at https://www.stopbullying.gov/
- Cyberbullying Research Center https://cyberbullying.org
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide,
please contact https://www.linesforlife.org/
or the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.