Gone are the days when bullying at school meant a shove in the hall or insult yelled across the classroom. Bullying has gone digital with devastating consequences in some cases, including suicide. The time has come for the nation to take a stand against cyberbullying. Education, awareness, and legislation are needed to combat this growing phenomenon affecting teens and their families. School districts are dealing with bullying incidents through codes of conduct and direct action, including suspension and expulsion.
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Earlier this summer, Sameer and I along with our good friend Joe Schafer , published an article in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin that describes the perceptions and experiences of law enforcement when it comes to responding to cyberbullying and sexting. For the study, we surveyed police officers school resource officers [SROs] and traditional law enforcement officers who were not assigned to schools. We wanted to know what they thought about these high-tech teen problems and to see if there were any differences in perceived roles when comparing SROs with traditional police officers. Seventy-eight percent agreed or strongly agreed that sexting is a serious concern for law enforcement.