CyberBullying is a crime that affects adults, children, and teens. It is an issue in this technology driven age of endless information available at fingertips at any hour of the day. It can involve using words that hurt, Cyberstalking, passing around pictures, and video of someone in an attempt to harass, wreck, or destroy another person. The bully can follow the victim into their favorite chat rooms, social websites, send them harassing messages in instant messaging, and via text. It can manifest other co-morbid physical or mental conditions such as depression, headaches, stomach aches, and anxiety. Suicide is an increasing problem affecting teens as a result of CyberBullying.
It is increasingly important to be aware what children and teens are doing when they are online. It is important to know who they are taking to, where they are spending their time, and who they are becoming friends with online. It is important to monitor them for any changes in personality, habits, and schedule. It is important to monitor them for changes regarding depression, anxiety, fearfulness, and avoidance.
There are many resources available for parents, teens, and children in regards to online safety. Many of the resources offer helpful tips, support groups, and online activities. Some of the websites are provided by government, private resources, or health related organizations.