As students switch to virtual learning, there could be an increase in cyber bullying
October is National Bullying Awareness month. As COVID-19 caused school districts to switch to online or virtual learning, school counselors could see an increase in cyberbullying.
“Cyberbullying is when technology is used to treat a child, a student in a way they don’t want to be treated,” said Michelle White, a counselor at Tennessee Connections Academy.
And this can be done using any device where users can type.
“It can be through text messages, it could be on some kind of social media, Instagram,” said White.
Michelle White is a counselor at the Tennessee connections academy. She says that if students know a classmate or a peer who is bullied, being silent should not be an option.
“If you see someone else being bullied, or see someone else who is not being treated kind, that you stand up for them,” said White.
Nearly 30 percent of kids in the US have been bullied.
“So thats a large percentage of students but its also a large percentage of students who haven’t been bullied and a lot of students who have seen it happening.”
As for parents, White advises keeping an eye on what is going on.
“For parents to educate themselves, and to educate their students. And if your child is the one who is the bully to take away social media for a while, to take them off of those platforms.