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With today’s technology improving, it is easier for kids to harass others on the Internet. With kids hiding negative emotions inside, it can lead to depression and suicide. There is one death for every 25 suicide attempts.

Over 80 percent of teens have cellphones, which makes bullying online easier and harder to escape. Sixty-eight percent of teens agree that cyber-bullying is a serious problem. School boards and principals can’t do everything about this problem because the bullying isn’t happening on school grounds. Cyber-bullying can affect a child in school, though, and disrupt the learning process.

Teens find bullying easier online because they can be anonymous and hide behind a screen, while saying something rude to one’s face takes courage.

This problem will only get worse unless kids start standing with the bullied against the bully. More than half of teens who have seen cyber-bullying happen just ignore the problem. One in 10 kids will tell their parents or a trusted adult what is happening; others will let it keep happening because they are scared. Approximately 20 percent of teens experience depression before adulthood.

Nearly all states have bullying laws in place, many with cyber-bullying or electronic harassment provisions. Cyber-bullying is coming to a halt, and kids will feel safe to unlock their phones again.

If you or a loved one has suicidal thoughts please call 1-800-273-8255.

Katrina Marsh

Shoshone

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