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Less Than 9% Of US Parents Know That Their Children Are Being Cyber-bullied
The internet and social networks has been a tremendous blessing and help for those who use it; but it has also been a curse. Cyberbullying is one those things that doesn’t get talked about much unless something bad happens but be under no illusion; it’s a massive problem for many kids. But perhaps what’s even more troubling is that few parents know about its impact on the lives of their own children.
A recent study commissioned by ComScore and conducted by SocialShield, found that less than 9% of parents in America were aware that their children are victims of cyberbullying. Even worse is their understanding of the scale of the problem in the States, and few American parents are even aware of the huge number of cyber-bullying cases that occur in the country each year.
There also seems to be confusion among ‘aware’ parents on how to mitigate cyberbullying. While many parents admit to monitoring their children’s social networking activity, it was found that most do not monitor the other mediums through which cyber-bullying takes place. A whopping 24% of cyberbullying takes place on mobile phones and many parents don’t monitor this medium at all.
Perhaps the study if it gets widespread mention will alert parents to this growing problem.
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