How has technology changed bullying?

By Melissa Buddie, Take Ten Volunteer

Technology has presented new challenges in combating bullying in school. Through cell phones and social media, a student can bully another from outside the classroom. This makes it hard for the victim to escape the hurtful language from their peers.

Additionally, through message boards and instant messaging, a student can remain anonymous while bullying, eliminating accountability and giving the bully extra power over the victim. As technology continues to infiltrate our daily lives, it becomes more important to teach children how to deal with bullying and resolve conflict without violence.

By teaching them to talk it out, walk it out, and wait it out, bullying victims will hopefully have the courage to go to an adult when they feel victimized by another individual.

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