WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

Stopping Cyber Bullying

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

March 29, 2007

Children have always taunted and teased kids on the playground, but now some of those words are going high-tech into cyberspace and sticking around.

There are some things parents can do to prevent this. First, be open with your children. The best way you can find it out is by talking to them. Also check the computer's history for sites that your children are visiting. Keep the computer in a public place within the house. Finally set ground rules for communication. Teach them to talk on instant message or email the way they would talk to someone face-to-face.

"Because it's written electronic or digital, it's not going away. Forty-three percent of US teens now report that they themselves have been a victim of cyber bullying," said Symantec’s Internet Security & Safety Expert Marian Merritt. "It's a growing phenomenon."

Local delegate Rob Bell sponsored a bill that passed, which requires schools to put bullying provisions in the codes of student conduct.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 6764937