Cyber Bullying a Growing Problem

October is national bullying prevention month, a time where Lubbock organizations are spreading awareness about the problem that is continually getting worse.
October is national bullying prevention month, a time where Lubbock organizations are spreading awareness about the problem that is continually getting worse. 

Kids will say, 'oh I was only kidding,' but when you hurt someone with words, it goes way past kidding,” said Sharon Davis, executive director suicide intervention center Contact Lubbock.

Davis has seen first hand how bullying has affected children here on the South Plains.

“We do lose children to bullying in Lubbock,” she said.  “It’s said.   We think, 'oh it's not in my school, oh it's not here,' but actually it's everywhere.”

According to Davis, we lose a child every week in the United States due to bullying, some as young as five.

She said 72% of kids have been cyber-bully victims and as social media sites continue to grow, so does the problem.

“It used to be you could go to school and then come home and feel safe because it was just at school, but now we have cyber bullying and so you've got that 24 hours, 7 days-a-week,” said Davis.  “And unfortunately, whether it's a child or adult, people feel like they can say more over something electronic than they could eye to eye face to face, and so you actually have other kids encouraging children to take their lives.  It's very serious.”

The issue is so serious that the month of October is dedicated to anti-bullying to raise awareness and kids’ self esteem.

“It's not that bullying just goes on in October it goes on all year round, but we try to bring it to the forefront in October because it's actually about a month after school starts and by this time a lot of bullying is going on,” Davis said.

She said the more we're aware of the problem, the more we can stop it.”

“We're doing a lot of presentations at schools where we actually go into the classroom and present the program to the kids, let them role play with us so they actually learn the skills,” said Davis.  “The more we talk about it, open honest communication, the more we can change it.”

Three million kids skip school everyday because of bullying. 

If you or your child is a victim of bullying call Contact Lubbock at 806-765-8393 and visit www.bullies2buddies.com.

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