Do you know, while you are reading this, your teenage child or teenage friend could be being subject to cyberbullying elsewhere and is contemplating suicide?
Gone are the days when bullying only meant a physically larger person attacking someone by force. Today, your child or friend sitting alone in the comfort of his own room and surfing the internet, is no indicator of his safety as he can be bullied through cellphones and computers.
In a survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Health and Human Services, Cyberbullying Research Center, in May 2013, it was found that a whopping 53% of teens experience some form of cyberbullying, and 52% of them do not tell their parents about it. About 33% of teenagers in the US have been victims of cyberthreats, but only 7% of US parents worry about it.
Who is responsible for this? Should parents be criminally liable for cyberbullying of kids? Continue reading