In the past parents only worried about their children being bullied on the playground or at school. Today, cyber-bullying is on the rise with 7 in 10 children reporting that they have been cyber-bullied according to Nobullying.com. Cyber-bullying isn’t just a male problem, or a female problem, as both genders have been found to be equally at risk. Sadly, many parents are entirely unaware of the pervasiveness of cyber-bulling and the extremely tragic effects it has on the social lives and self-esteem of our young people.
Cyber-bullying can occur on any device that has access to the internet or mobile service, including cellphones, laptop computers, tablets, and video game consoles. Some of the most common forms of cyber-bullying include mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumors via text messages and social media. This problem has become so prevalent MTV actually has a TV show titled "Catfish" and in this show a team of cyber investigators actually work together to expose the people who cyber-bully.