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Internet, social media complicate bullying issue

January 28, 2013

MARIETTA — Warren Township resident Margie Wesel is at her wit’s end. For more than a year, her 11-year-old daughter Pam has been bullied mercilessly, she sai....

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Valhalla

Jan-30-13 12:02 PM

@bakercat a big LOL and thank you for raising a very smart little one

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BakerKat

Jan-28-13 8:41 PM

Valhalla - I was talking to my daughter about HS101 and what a bully and pain he was to civil discourse on here. She says - Oh so its like facebook for old people? lol I said hmm . . . sort of!

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mamabear71

Jan-28-13 7:34 PM

What nobody mentions is that we are raising a generation of emotional cripples. Of course namecalling is unkind, but we cannot control others. What parents need to do is instill a sense of self-esteem in their children. Feelings are hurt too easily and given far too much credence these days.

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jarhead99

Jan-28-13 2:07 PM

@ Jay, your right about parents posting bulling messages on the Internet. There is a teacher a a local middle school that was logging into his daughters FB to post comments about students at the school. People know that they can for the most part post whatever they want to into these social media sites without any punishment.

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MadAsHeck

Jan-28-13 12:51 PM

Parents are failing their children, they have washed their hands of responsibility and expect the schools, the TV, and the internet to raise their children. This is the key to the problem.

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Valhalla

Jan-28-13 12:25 PM

the school says they dont have jurisdiction or the right to intervene in most cases, well what about the parents? it seems more and more these days children are left to their own devices (pun unintentional) and allowed free reign on social media. why? stand up be a parent and teach your child bullying is unacceptable in our society. discipline seems to be lacking in many parenting plans these days. i only thank god hindsight101 has no children (so he says) cause he is a full grown adult yet is a constant bully on these message boards.

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gunsrock

Jan-28-13 11:19 AM

Alot of parents are using the excuse that the kids need a way to reach their parents. I don't have any idea how we servived when we were young and in school. It wasn't that long ago I didn't even know what a cell phone was. LOL.

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JayMichael

Jan-28-13 9:27 AM

@nextdoorneighbor - Perfect!!! Practical common sense!

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nextdoorneighbor

Jan-28-13 9:23 AM

I can not understand why parents are giving their children cell phones and letting them roam freely on the internet without supervision. That's like taking your children to the mall and dropping them off and assuming they will be ok. Children are not capable of always making wise decisions concerning their safety and security. I know many Teachers and they all say that cell phones at school are a major distraction. Kids stage fights at school so they can make a video and post it online. Amoung other things, they also use the phones to cheat on tests. When a phone is taken by a teacher and sent to the office, the parent is usually more worried about the expensive phone that the violation of school rules. It is sad to see children in social situations with all their attention focused on their cell phone. Addict: to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively. Is your child an addict? How long can your child go without their cell phone fix?

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JayMichael

Jan-28-13 8:33 AM

It's not just children posting negative comments about other children. Unfortunately, I have seen parents posting about students their child has a problem with, other parents, teachers, school administrators, etc. When do we begin to hold people accountable for their actions? Facebook has it's place in society, but to some people it seems to be their entire life.

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AaronL

Jan-28-13 6:33 AM

For the FULL benefit of this article,see the Marietta Times.

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