Cyberbullying up 40% during pandemic

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Representatives from Tik-Tok, Snapchat, and YouTube will testify on Capitol Hill this week, as legislators try to determine whether social media platforms are a threat to children’s safety.

A recent study by the Cyberbullying Research Center found a 40- percent increase in cyberbullying, willful and repeated harm inflicted through electronic means, since the start of the pandemic.

The Center’s co-director, Dr. Justin Patchin, says communication between parent and child is key. 

“The more tools we can give kids themselves I think the better because odds are we as parents or other adults aren’t going to be in the moment, seeing, observing that behavior. So, we’re going to have to rely on our kids to make good choices in those situations.”

Patchin recommends teaching kids how to block or report someone for harmful or inappropriate behavior. He says showing them how to document evidence, for example, taking a screenshot is helpful as well. 

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