ERIC Number: EJ868107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Reference Count: 17
Prevent Cyberbullying: Suggestions for Parents
Demaray, Michelle K.; Brown, Christina F.
Communique, v38 n4 p1, 18 Dec 2009
The school, playground, and neighborhood often come to mind when one thinks about bullying that occurs among children and teens. However, given the significant role technology plays in the lives of today's youth, the potential of these media to function as a venue for social interaction that includes victimization, or cyberbullying, also needs to be considered. Cyberbullying can be defined as "an individual or a group willfully using information and communication involving electronic technologies to facilitate deliberate and repeated harassment or threat to another individual or group by sending or posting cruel text and/or graphics using technological means." Current estimates indicate that 20% to 35% of children and adolescents experience cyberbullying. Because a significant amount of cyberbullying occurs outside of school, school psychologists need to be knowledgeable about suggestions for parents who should intervene with this problem behavior at home. Given that cyberbullying is a relatively new research area, there are no empirically validated interventions. However, initial research and suggestions aimed at parental monitoring of electronic communication are an important starting point for prevention/intervention efforts regarding cyberbullying. This article discusses the role of the school psychologist in working with parents and summarizes suggestions aimed at parents to deal with cyberbullying at home.
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Interpersonal Relationship, Intervention, Prevention, Internet, Bullying, Information Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, Behavior Problems, Counselor Role, Parent Role, Children, Adolescents
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