While there are more campaigns against cyberbullying and more support programs, a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering says that won’t stop cyberbullying from happening.
For his thesis on bullying, cyberbullying and aggression, John-Etienne Myburgh talked to 390 university students and found about 84% had experienced some form of cyberbullying over the past.
70% of those surveyed said they had cyberbullied someone over the past year.
Myburgh says he’s wondering if cyberbullying is becoming a norm of communication, or “this whole idea that the way we get something done is through being aggressive or bullying online”.
Myburgh says cyberbullying usually peaks around middle-school, so it’s important for parents to understand the technological world and ask their kids about their online activity.
He says many teachers feel that parents don’t feel comfortable talking wtih their kids about cyberbullying and aren’t aware of the technology kids use.
Myburgh says parents should learn how to have discussions with their kids about online activity, and even ask if they could have a tour of their social media platforms.
He notes there has been an increase in supports for victims of or those who witness cyberbullying to access, including an anonymous cyberbullying report line by SaskTel.