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Cyberbullying on Sports Teams: It Happens More Than You Think

December 8, 2014 at 12:58 PM

footballThe threat of cyberbullying isn't limited to any one group of kids. Students in the chess club are just as likely to be a victim of cyberbullying as students on the football team. If you don't believe that, then take a look at the story below. 

KTTC News reported a case of cyberbullying at a local high school in Minnesota. In this case, members of the football team were caught engaging in cyberbullying. Here are some points from the case:

  • Football coaches at Southwest High School heard about instances of cyberbullying

  • Several players who engaged in cyberbullying were benched for a must-win game

  • The principal of the high school said cyberbullying can be more damaging than traditional bullying

A crucial element that's missing from most cyberbullying cases is that the bullies were caught and punished. The coaches caught on to what was happening and were able to put a stop to it.

The reality is that cyberbullying happens everyday and more often than not, it goes unreported. In the football case, for example, the coaches found out what was going on. The students didn't report it. There won't always be coaches there to detect cyberbullying. At the same time, there's often too much pressure on students to tell their parents what's wrong. 

As a parent, it's your job to know what your kid does when he or she goes on social media or downloads a new app. You have to take the safety of your child in your own hands. 

In addition to keeping tabs on your child's texting and social media activities, parents must work to cultivate open communication on all parenting matters. While parents should always be looking out for cyberbullying, it's also beneficial to be proactive and explain to your child why it's wrong and what to do if it ever happens to them. 

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Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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