Almost every week, it seems there’s another story of cyberbullying and how the negative effects spill over into real life. A new report from the International Communication Association indicates those incidents may make the news even more. Parents, the organization says, tend to underestimate just how much cyberbullying is happening.
Researchers surveyed 465 children and their parents and found that 30 percent of those kids reported having been the victim of cyberbullying while 15 percent admitted to taking part themselves. Distressingly, only 10 percent of parents were aware their kids were victims and just 5 percent knew their kids were making their peers miserable online. Parents of younger teens were less likely to be aware of their kids being bullied online.
Though no parent can protect his child from everything happening online, the ICA team did urge parents to talk to their kids about being safe online and protecting their privacy.