And yet I can’t seem to bring myself to care that 1 in 3 US children have been “cyberbullied”. To me, this seems like it’s a symptom of the knee-pad-helmet-overprotective parenting that is so common these days.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to draw attention to how U.S. adolescents are affected by e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, blog postings and other electronic communications.
I do not get what the big fat hairy deal is. Kids are going to get bullied, whether it’s over the internet or in the real world, kids are going to be vicious little animals to one another a lot of the time. Sure, the comforting anonymity of the internet makes it easier to call someone names; but bullying is bullying.
Kids are going to be mean to each, and they’re going to exclude one another. It is what kids do. Instead of having the gubbmit worry about “cyber bullies”, maybe someone ought to worry about the parents that are letting their kids run around unsupervised on the internet.