As we head into the new year, I'm wondering if parents (and kids) should be more alert to cyberbullying and helping and supporting each other.
I read a disturbing article about one method of cyberbullying among teens on Facebook. They will take a group photo, maybe in a school cafeteria or at an after-school event. Then everyone in the photo except for one person will be "tagged" on Facebook. It is very subtle, but the message is that the person who is not tagged is an outsider who should not have been included.
These little things are important to know, especially as a parent, because kids don't always discuss what is bothering them or why. And if you see no "evidence" of bullying on Facebook -- such as would be the case with a "non-tagging" in a photo -- it's hard to get your arms around what's going down.
So I'm looking for feedback from the pre-teens and teens on the forum, and maybe also some college students. What are some subtle forms of cyberbullying out there that parents can be wise to? And do you also think that when school starts up, cyberbullying increases? Or does it take a couple of months for cliques to form before we see the effect of cyberbullying?
As you can probably tell from my post, I like to head off future problems at the pass by knowing what to expect before these issues show up. :-)