In light of the current global health crisis, more children in Iowa are learning virtually online at home, rather than being physically present in schools. However, this does not mean bullying does not happen. Cyberbullying is becoming an increasing problem seriously affecting many students across the U.S.
The uptick in cyberbullying
Prior to the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that approximately 33% of middle school age children and 30% of high school age children suffered from cyberbullying. However, according to one study, these numbers have seen a significant uptick as more children spend their school days online due to school closures. The study found a 70% increase in incidents of bullying and hateful language between children on online chats since December 2019.
Severe bullying need not be face-to-face
As this shows, severe bullying is not limited to face-to-face interactions and physical injuries. Even those who are learning virtually can be victims of cyberbullying. Severe cyberbullying and harassment can lead to significant mental anguish or even suicide attempts. Cyberbullying can occur over text messages, online chats and social media platforms. In some ways, cyberbullying can be more pervasive and harmful than other types of bullying.
Take action to address cyberbullying
If your child is the victim of severe cyberbullying, you can try to talk to the school or the bully’s parents to address the issue. However, if these attempts fail, it may be time to consider your legal options to protect your child. Our firm assists those whose children are the victims of cyberbullying and other forms of bullying.