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The Impact of Cyber-Bullying on Students

Students who experience cyber-bullying, or any type of bullying for that matter, should tell a parent or a school counselor as soon as possible.

And Dean Braughton of NC Schools says, one thing about bullying on social media is that it's available to anyone.

Dean Braughton, NC Director of Student Support Services says, "Just remember conversations online are not confidential. Other people can copy what you have written, they can forward it, they can share pictures."

From Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to Snapchat, cyber-bullying has been around for years, and with a new school year quickly approaching, Natrona County Educators want parents and students to know, it's not something that's going to be tolerated.

A report by the CDC says almost 15% of high school students have experienced cyber-bullying. And bullies beware, multiple complaints could have major consequences.

Braughton says, "ultimately it could be expulsion, which is the greatest consequence."

And because cyber-bullying happens on social media sites, it's harder for adults to supervise than bullying in school halls. And if a child falls victim, parents and teachers should look for specific signs.

Braughton says, "if your child is nervous or easily upset, not seeing the same group of friends."

Anna Toren of the Central Wyoming Counseling Center says to look for signs such as "changes in adolescent's behavior or mood, appetite if they're acting out."

And cyber-bullying has the potential to cause long term effects in a child's life.

Toren says, "If you're being bullied in school as a child, your grades are probably going to reflect that. Which, in turn, effects your ability to get into higher level courses and high school and then college."

Which could ultimately affect a child's future career.


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