Texoma schools will re-open their doors to students for the new school year in just a few shorts weeks. However, new statistics show that cyber bullying has become a serious problem among teens and young children nationwide. This is due to the use of social media among teens and adolescents sky rocketing in recent years.
These new statistics show that over half of adolescents and teens have experienced some form of cyber bullying in their lifetime.
"You see a lot of it going on. Kids taking it as far as what their putting online and people commenting on it, just being rude, hateful and mean" said Ashli Borgamn, parent of a 2 year old.
When it comes to monitoring children's social media accounts, Texoma parents feel that it's their jobs instead of having the school watch over it.
As a grandparent of 7 children, Linda Foster believes if schools want to monitor student's social media accounts, they must get first get the parent's consent.
"I don't think the school should be able to just go in and check randomly. I think they need parent consent before they do" she said.
"I wouldn't say the school should monitor it but I think they should have something where the parents should monitor it. If something does happen, it falls on the parent and not on the school" said Joshua Harman, parent of one.
Parent supervision of social media will in turn get rid of invasion of privacy issues that would arise if schools were allowed to monitor these accounts. In order to prevent cyber bullying, parents say it's their responsibility to watch over their children's actions.
"It's all about how the parents raise them. If you're raising your child to be hateful, mean and rude to somebody and they're doing it through Facebook or Twitter or whatever, then that comes back on the parent" said Borgamn.
Cyber bullying often leads to anxiety, depression and even suicide in young adults and children. Cyber bullies and their parents may face legal charges if caught by authorities.
Cyber bullying can take many forms:
- Sending mean messages or threats to a person's email account or cell phone
- Spreading rumors online or through texts
- Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages
- Stealing a person's account information to break into their account and send damaging messages
- Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person
- Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet
- Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person
Statistics show that:
- More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online
- Over 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet
- Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs