Facebook cyber bullying increases


This article should serve as a warning for parents.

A study performed ComScore and NDP said that almost half of the parents are not aware that bullying on Facebook occurs. Another statistic shows that a small fraction knows that their child has been a victim of these bullying.

The study was commissioned by SocialShield, a group that handles social network monitoring.

In the report, it was revealed that less than 8 percent of the parents know that their child is a victim of cyberbullying. Estimates have pegged that 15 percent of teens and 20 percent of children have undergone this traumatic incidents.

A large percentage of parents have been in the dark and are confused as to why they don’t know why these incidents occur. One of the primary reasons is kids nowadays are so much in to social networking. Some of them have different means to log in to them. Computers, smartphones and other platforms have been used by these kids.

Kids don’t inform their parents about these issues for these reasons:

  1. They’re embarrassed about the situation;
  2. They’re afraid of backlash from the bully or others;
  3. They fear losing access to their computer;
  4. They’re worried they did something wrong

According to SocialShield CEO George Garrick, “Unfortunately, the monitoring techniques that most parents think are good enough to help keep their kids safe are often not good enough. There is simply too much content being created by our kids and their peers – not to mention predators – for parents to keep track of without help. We expect this situation to only intensify in 2012 as more social networks develop and more kids get involved.”

Image source: cyberbullyingstories.info