Erin - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
There's been a case here this week of a 14 year old girl committing suicide after being harrassed and targeted via Facebook and MySpace. She was the fourth student from the same school to commit suicide this year and police are now investigating.
This is precisely why my daughter will never have a computer in her own room. I will insist it be in a communal living area where I can supervise and intervene if necessary. But is that enough? It's pretty scary when you consider that a little girl felt her life became so bad she couldn't cope, all because of what people are writing online...
There has been no mention of any underlying psychological or emotional problems, but I have to assume not all children would respond this way.
So how do we give our children the tools to deal with this new wave of bullying?
How would we know if it was our child being targeted like this?
And what would you do about it?