“It is really worrying that the numbers of reported cyberbullying experiences in young people remain so high as the impacts of bullying and cyberbullying can be significant and long lasting. We can see from the research that things aren’t getting better in this space and now is the time to do more.” stated Jason Trethowan, the CEO of headspace.
In a recent interview, CHOA’s Angie Boy shared that “Children have higher levels of anxiety, higher levels of depression as a result of dealing with cyberbullying, which can then have an impact on their behaviors as they continue to age.” She reminds parents to be vigilant of new developments and aware of their children’s activity online.
Kevin Lindke was charged for unlawful posting and cyberbullying for encouraging members of his popular Facebook group to harass two women.
Tina Meier founded the Megan Meier Foundation after her daughter died from suicide following a case of cyberbullying on Myspace. Years later, she continues to offer school presentations to help prevent bullying and cyberbullying for students.
The brief, titled “Amici Curiae” details the disruption of learning caused by bullying and cyberbullying in schools and the importance of schools’ ability to step in to address it. The brief is signed by 24 Attorneys General.