We all have heard way too many stories about bullying. Many families begin to consider online education because they are looking for a safe place for their children to escape the effects of bullying. The many options available through K12 can be that safe environment for many kids. Bullying has grown into much larger issue than many of us remember. Technology has helped create many new and powerful tools for bullies to use and has created a new form of bullying called “cyber bullying”.
"Cyber bullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. Sometimes, the child may even change roles, going from victim to bully and back again.
Cyber bullying can be done using direct attacks, where messages are sent directly to the victim, or by proxy, when others join in on the act, with or without the accomplice's knowledge. Because cyber bullying by proxy often gets adults involved in the harassment, it can be much more damaging.