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What to do about cyberbullying?



It's middle school. Kids can be hyper-emotional. Peer pressure matters. Social standing counts perhaps more than academic performance.

Add to the mix the fact that kids now text one another as much as talk, and it can prove a volatile combination. All the drama can become what we've come to call cyberbullying, which often heightens the angst in a way that face-to-face arguments don't.

Parents are increasingly asking schools to intervene. But as this new NY Times series on Internet bullying points out, many educators aren't prepared to serve as judge and jury in this new world order. Others say it's not their place — especially if it takes place all away from school.

Parents, and perhaps law enforcement, need to deal with the situations that arise.

Read this interesting piece, and then let's discuss it. Where does a school's role start and end when it comes to cyberbullying? Can't wait to hear your thoughts.


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:08am]


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