Univision 26 tapped into the expertise of Alex Halavais an ASU social media expert to discuss how parents should be aware of cyberbullying. The transcipt is found below and the video segment can be found here.
ANCHOR: With the excitement of returning to classes, another factor to be concerned about is bullying. But what happens when the bullying takes place outside the schools. Daniela Zavala will explain. Tell us Daniela.
DANIELA: Yes, today with the amount of social media that exists, bullying can reach your kids even after they leave school. You have to be very careful. We will demonstrate how to detect if your child is being a victim of bullying.
They are messages that are offensive, seedy and sometimes threatening from youth that are utilizing technology to do harm. It is cyber bullying.
ERIKA MENDOZA (Director of Parenting Arizona): It’s a form of bullying that happens via internet, and it happens through accounts like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and a new one called Snapchat, and it is here where kids make fun of each other, they say hurtful things.
DANIELA: The statistics on cyber bullying are alarming and many parents ignore that they’re children are victims.
ERIKA: 43 percent of adolescents are cyber bullied. We know that 90 percent of those experiencing cyber bullying don’t talk about it with an adult.
DANIELA: Pay attention to certain signals.
ERIKA: They can experience depression, aren’t talkative, they are in a bad mood, they start seeing a lot of anger in the kids.
DANIELA: Cyber bullying can cause grave harm to youth, including death.
ERIKA: Kids that are being cyber bullies are 2-3 times more likely to try to end their lives.
DANIELA: But how do you stop it or protect your child from being a victim.
ALEX HALAVAIS (ASU technology and social media expert): I monitor each social media site my children use, every email they send or receive. When you go home it is no longer a safe place if your son is on the internet and on social media sites 24 hours a day all the time.
ERIKA: If there are physical threats or things that are influencing the child in a very negative way, one can involve the authorities. So when it’s not the school environment, one can turn to local authorities.
DANIELA: To get an idea of the problem locally, according to a survey 36 percent of Arizona adolescents have been victims of cyber bullying. There are local organizations that can help We invite you to visit one of their websites called parenting Arizona dot org or not my kid dot org. I’m Daniela Zavala reporting live, your people, your voice.