The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nearly all students to spend an increased amount of time in front of a computer screen. When in-person social interaction is not an option, many students turn to social media to keep up with friends. However, more time online creates more opportunities for students to be cyberbullied.
At least 33% of middle school students were cyberbullied in the last year, according to the CDC. As cyberbullying carries a certain anonymity, bullies can hide behind their screens from their victims, as well as authority figures such as teachers or parents. For students at Newport Middle School in North Carolina, the pandemic has made it hard for students to voice their cyberbullying concerns to a counselor. Since interaction is virtual and parents are likely present in the background, students are not as likely to be forthcoming about messages they may have received online.
Parents are encouraged to be aware of the warning signs of cyberbullying. Key warning signs include:
- Expressing fear in going to school or logging into classes
- Being secretive about his or her digital life
- Changes in mood, behavior, sleep and appetite
Do I Have a Cyberbullying Claim?
A cyberbullying attorney at Grant & Eisenhofer may be able to help you file a lawsuit against responsible parties. If your child sustained mental or physical injuries, or took his or her own life after being cyberbullied, contact us today at (855) 244-2031 to schedule a free consultation.