Friday, December 14, 2012

Confronting a persistent problem

Bullying has long been a serious issue affecting both kids and adults, but cyber-bullying is a growing problem among teenagers and can be just as harmful or worse than the physical or face-to-face variety.

As, a website for teens and social change, notes, “The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber-bullying are similar to real-life bullying outcomes, except for the reality that with cyber bullying there is often no escape. School ends at 3 p.m., while the Internet is available all the time.”

The site adds that “90 per cent of victims will not inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.”

It’s a disturbing statistic, because the toll bullying takes on kids isn’t something that will just go away if you turn off your computer or cellphone.

“A Jewish school should have a Jewish soul. It should be a place where all members of the community are treated with dignity and respect. A child who excels in Hebrew, Bible and Talmud but routinely teases and embarrasses classmates has failed to receive a proper Jewish education.”

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