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Text bullying much like cyber bullying is fairly new, due to advancements in technology teens are able to bullying others in more create ways. Bullies are no longer limited to verbal or physical bullying. Keep reading for more on text bullying and how to prevent being a victim.
Text bullying has become a serious problem among adolescents and teens. It can have devastating consequences, and parents may not even know it's occurring. Parents can play an important role in preventing text bullying and helping teens who have been the victim of a text bully.
Text bullying is sending mean, embarrassing, untrue, or hurtful message to or about someone using cell phone text messaging. This can also include sexting, or sending sexually suggestive text messages to someone or about someone.
Many kids get cell phones when they are in middle school, which is when bullying, including text bullying, is most common. Almost 9 out of 10 teens have a cell phone, and about 1 in 5 will be victims of a text bully. About 1 in 10 teens engage in text bullying. Text bullying has become more common than traditional bullying, especially among girls.
There are several factors that can make text bullying more damaging than traditional bullying for both the victim and the bully:
Text bullying can have many negative repercussions for the victim:
Bullies also often suffer from depression, and the bully and his or her family may face legal charges for text bullying.
Parents may be tempted to take away a teen's cell phone to prevent him or her from being a text bullying victim, or if he or she is already a victim, but this deprives teens of social connections that are very important to them and feels like a punishment for something that isn't their fault. Fear of losing their cell phones is a major reason why teens don't report text bullying. There are, however, other ways that parents can help combat text bullying:
It is important for teens who are the victims of text bullying to know that they should not blame themselves for it, and that you care about them and think they are worthwhile regardless of what the bully says.
Committee for Children, Cyber Bullying and Media Safety, "Dealing with Text Message Bullying" [online]
Kathy Brock, ABC News, "Text Bullying" [online]
Stop Bullying Now, "Cyberbullying" [online]
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