Cyberbullying Among Teens

By Scott Sarvay

September 14, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2010 at 4:54 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The recent court case of Derek Brown attributes the attack on his classmate to bullying, a problem growing with social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.

Students at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne are raising awareness about bullying, specifically cyber-bullying, all through September.

It's part of the larger national program "Stop the Violence."

Students are holding discussions, hanging up posters, and passing out information.

Carroll HS Student Mallorie Sigmon says, “I think kids have definitely realized that this is a big issue. I've heard kids in the hallway talk about the posters that we've hung, and I think they're starting to realize that this is an issue and we need to do something about it."

Family & Consumer Sciences Instructor Renee Sigmon "The fact that I hear students walking down the hall, repeating our slogans that are on the wall, that's great. Whether or not they're making fun of it or being genuine about it, at least they are seeing the message that we are trying to send out and I think that's really important."

Sigmon says technology changes the face of bullying, allowing people to hurt others anonymously.

Their advice?

If you wouldn't say it in person, you shouldn't say it online.




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