Cyberbullying can start as early as second grade, often peaks in fourth grade, and returns in the seventh and eighth grades, according , an Internet safety and privacy lawyer.
More than 85 percent of 45,000 students at North American schools admitted to being targeted in the past year, according to a survey conducted by Aftab.
Cyberbullying is so pervasive because it occurs in a virtual world without physical borders, and so it can follow a victim wherever they have a cell phone or Internet connection. In addition, the anonymity that’s often afforded to cyberbullies—aided by a physical separation from their targets—makes it easy for them to disassociate their actions from their real-world impacts. But as any parent knows, the impact on bullied children is real and tangible, damaging to their self-esteem, to their personal relationships, and to their reputation.
The time to talk to children about cyberbullying is now, and ideally before they experience it or are tempted to engage in it themselves.
Read on for tips to get you started: