The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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April 6, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-6 | Schools seem to trivialize cyberbullying

JOHNSTOWN — Should school-aged kids get suspended for cyberbullying? With the growth of new technology, many bullies are unsatisfied with just harassing their victims during school and on the streets. They are now attacking them online.

There should be stricter rules in schools because of high suicide rates among young children.

Suspending the bully is only a temporary solution; therefore, schools should take this further by expulsion or getting law enforcement involved.

In many cyberbullying cases, it is sometimes hard to take action on a bully when there is no direct threat, or sometimes no names, involved.

According to the website www.bullyingstatistics.org and several media sources, bullying results in about 2,200 suicides per year.

If your child is showing signs of depression, talking about death or dying, reckless behavior, substance abuse or even self-injury, target the issue right away.

Kids and parents need to know they are not alone, and there are many counseling services out there. However, there are ways to prevent cyberbullying. Parents should monitor what their kids are doing, know their passwords and have strict rules.

Sadly, this major issue should be taken more seriously by schools.

Tiffany Matchik

Johnstown

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