Cyberbullying: Growing Trend among Children

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Bullying used to just consist of teasing, spreading rumors, and punching, but now a new high-tech bully is emerging.

These new bullies are trading their fists for technology.

It is called "cyberbullying" and it takes place when mean or vulgar text messages, emails or pictures are posted online to intimidate or scare others.

Experts say cyberbullying is a growing trend that is just as serious as more traditional bullying.

"It's autonomous," said Capt. Stephanie Bryn of Stop Bullying Now. "There's accessibility to the equipment and cyberbullying can be done 24/7 all the time. So it's very serious."

If your child is a victim of cyberbullying experts recommend that your child not respond to the bullying.

Experts recommend saving the messages or pictures as evidence and contacting the police if there are threats of violence, harassment or stalking.

Visit the Stop Bullying Now Web site for tips on the various forms of bullying.

There is a section for kids that includes tips, videos and games. There is also a special section for adults and educators.

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