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Identifying wolves among sheep in the age of student cyberbullying

E-School News – Darius Goodall

“It’s sad news when research centers can’t agree on whether cyberbullying affects one-in-three, one-in-four, or one-in-five teens. It isn’t the specific number that’s important; it’s the fact that the number never goes below 20 percent. Imagine being in a classroom of 25 people, knowing that this classroom is not “normal” unless at least five of those students are being bullied. There are as many ways to cyberbully someone as there are ways to create content online. Social networks? Check. Forums? Check. Blogs? Check. You get the picture.”(more)

These Social Media Apps Are Causing Trouble In Schools

The Huffington Post – Staff Writer

“How certain apps become popular with kids is a bit of a mystery. The best ones mix all the stuff tweens and teens love ― gossiping, hanging out, clowning around, and meeting other kids ― with an X factor that makes them go viral. Once an app gains critical mass (like, when every kid in school is on it), that’s when the real fun begins. But that’s where things can go wrong, too.”(more)

New Teen Survey Reveals Cyberbullying Moving Beyond Social Media to Email, Messaging Apps, YouTube

The 74 Million – Laura Fay

“Bullying among teens is nothing new, but social media outlets are providing new avenues for it, often out of sight of parents and teachers. Nearly one in three American high school students has been a victim of cyberbullying, according to a recent study by the cybersecurity company McAfee. Students reported witnessing or experiencing cyberbullying on all eight platforms listed on the survey, including Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube, according to results the company provided to The 74.”(more)

Bullying on the Rise in NYC Middle and High Schools, NYDN Analysis of Student Surveys Shows

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“More students in New York City schools report that their peers are being bullied than last year, according to a New York Daily News analysis of student survey data from the city Department of Education. From 2016 to 2017, the Daily News found a 10 percentage point jump in bullying reports, with 81 percent of the city’s 400,000 students in grades 6–12 citing incidences of harassment this past year.”(more)

Back-to-school worries for parents? 1 in 3 very concerned bullying, cyberbullying

Medical News – Staff Writer

“Parents may also experience some nerves as their children prepare to head back to school. Bullying and cyberbullying top parents’ list of worries when it comes to their children’s health, according to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan. Close behind are internet safety and stress, motor vehicle accidents, and school violence. But worries differed among racial groups, with African-American parents saying they were most concerned about racial inequities and school violence affecting their children.”(more)

Young victims of cyberbullying twice as likely to attempt suicide and self-harm, study finds

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Children and young people under-25 who become victims of cyberbullying are more than twice as likely to enact self-harm and attempt suicide than non-victims. While perpetrators of cyberbullying are also more likely to experience suicidal thoughts and behaviours, researchers say. The study, which is a collaboration of a number of researchers from across the UK including the University of Birmingham looked at more than 150,000 children and young people across 30 countries, over a 21-year period.”(more)