State superintendent, local leaders teach parents about cyberbullying

Posted October 23, 2012 10:29 p.m. EDT
Updated October 23, 2012 11:24 p.m. EDT

— 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 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."