Cyber-bullying is, and has been, a big problem with teenagers. As the world changes, children are being exposed to social media at a younger age. That not only opens up dangers to them, but also emotional distress.

About 95 percent of teenagers who use social media have witnessed cyber-bullying and or cruel behavior on the Internet. About 84 percent of teens said that they have seen someone tell a bully to stop harassing the victim.

Only 7 percent of parents in the U.S. are worried about their child or children getting cyber-bullied, even though about 33 percent of teens have admitted to being cyber-bullied. Eighty-five percent of parents with children the ages of 13-17 have reported their child has a social media site, whether Facebook, Tumbler, Instagram, YouTube channel, Meet me or many more.

Eighty-one percent of teens admit that it’s easier to bully others online and get away with it than in person. In many cases the victim doesn’t report the harassment and just comments back — which is exactly what the bully wants. The bully is just trying to get attention.

Teens should refrain from commenting or posting back. Instead of posting back, just report it and/or tell a trusted adult you feel comfortable with.

Stephanie Taylor

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