Education

State superintendent, local leaders teach parents about cyberbullying

Posted October 23, 2012

— North Carolina's top educator joined dozens of local leaders in Wake Forest Tuesday for a forum educating parents about cyberbullying, a problem experts say is widespread.

Event organizers said one in three teens has received cyber threats online. Three out of four have visited a website bashing another student.

Wake County District Court Judge Vince Rozier Jr. said he sees a lot of bullies in his courtroom. Without intervention, he said, many of them will continue to bully others and get into trouble.

"We'd like to nip the problem in the bud now, so we don't see them later on down the road," he said.

State superintendent, local leaders teach parents about cyberbullying State superintendent, local leaders teach parents about cyberbullying

State Superintendent June Atkinson shared a personal anecdote with parents about how childhood bullying continues to affect her 83-year-old mother.

Parent Pam Bammerman said it's important to discuss the issue with her children.

"I want to protect them (from bullying) and I also want to protect them from doing it," she said. "I think it's big issue right now."

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  • Screw WrAl Oct 24, 1:52 p.m.

    how about the school board bullying parents?

    got anything help for that?

  • pat7 Oct 24, 1:41 p.m.

    We are raising a bunch of cry babies cyber bullies come on people grow some thicker skin ,if you where doing your job right as a parent and rasing them right ,they would know how to handle themself when they encounter this stuff, More people doing hwat partents should do, School broad people shouldnt be involde with this

  • tran Oct 24, 1:04 p.m.

    "Past time to privatize the school system, it would definately be about education then ..."

    No, it would be about money then, like everything else which has been privatized.

  • storchheim Oct 24, 11:18 a.m.

    This is a parents' problem. They need to find out what goes on at school. Sure if the teacher sees something serious, s/he should alert the parents, but then it's up to the parents to teach the kid to cope.

    Shortcake's right. Parents who let their kids chat online, then want the schools to handle any fallout, are just like people who stuff their bodies with junk, do not exercise, and then want the doctor to fix them.

  • storchheim Oct 24, 11:13 a.m.

    Excuse the heck outta ME, rockman, but June Atkinson stood up to that sorry excuse Dumplin' when she tried to hire her crony in to supersede Atkinson. When Dumplin' wouldn't get her hand out of the cookie jar, Atkinson sued her - and won. That takes guts. Seems to me like she can handle a bleached-blonde, botoxed bully pretty well.

  • pappybigtuna1 Oct 24, 11:09 a.m.

    Bring back the "board of education" and use it. Once one heats up a body area it is amazing how the rest of the body will conform. People are asking the school system to raise, dicipline, feed and finally educate childrenAnd the age of when this is to satrt keeps getting lower - pre-pre kindergardner

    Past time to privatize the school system, it would definately be about education then, if you want social lollipops you will have to provide them

  • grandmagail Oct 24, 11:05 a.m.

    Sounds like rockman55 has a little bully in him, too.

  • kermit60 Oct 24, 10:54 a.m.

    And why is this a school problem? It seems that any issue a kid has now is somehow the schools responsibility. If it happens at school yes it's a school problem. At home after school or weekends it's a parent issue. Let them take steps to correct it.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Oct 24, 9:46 a.m.

    State Superintendent June Atkinson shared a personal anecdote with parents about how childhood bullying continues to affect her 83-year-old mother........June, go home. Your time has come and gone, and if your 83 year old mother has a problem putting the past behind her, well it a'int likely to happen now. You're not Andy Taylor and this a'int Mayberry, so just finish out what time you have left doing something productive. Haven't you heard enough of these weak-willed parents and their spawns whine and cry for lack of a backbone?

  • shortcake53 Oct 24, 8:54 a.m.

    A good way to protect your kid from cyberbullying is to limit access to social media sites. Allow research or games, but block "chat" sites or any other place where anyone has access to them personally. Especially kids under 12, I am amazed to see kids "talking" to total strangers online and parents dont think a thing of it. How can they not see the danger in this?