Cyberbullying Never Sleeps: How to Protect Kids at School and at Home

We’ve all seen that scene in a movie where a kid comes sprinting down his street, pursued by a snarling bully. Just as the bigger, meaner kid reaches out to grab our hero’s arm, he slips inside his house and slams the front door, safe.

That’s the 20th-century version of bullying, where the threats were physical and home was a refuge. Today’s always-connected kids can’t just run inside their homes and feel protected, because cyberbullying goes wherever their phones, tablets or laptops do—and it can happen any time of day or night. While parents could assume that their digital-native kids know how to take care of themselves online, that’s not necessarily true: 39% percent of kids don’t enable their privacy settings on social media.

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