"It seemed bullying was briefer, more isolated, and the kids had time to reflect," said Half Moon Bay Principal Mary Streshly, speaking of a time not so long ago.
said, the school is getting fewer reports of traditional bullying and more about rumors and cruelty online, or what has become known as cyberbullying.
When the high school gets involved with reported cases, Streshly
said, "we'll see a long string of engaged communication, and because it's such a common, everyday way of communicating, the student will (be surprised) to see it turn on them."
The fact that kids are engaged in the medium makes cyberbullying difficult to combat, she
In fact, the Cyberbullying Research Center study found that roughly the same percentage of students who report being the victim of online bullying also perpetrate cyberbullying.
"Sometimes we're the only recourse for parents and students," Streshly
The high school addresses it by looking back to the offensive communication and involving the counselor's office to talk with students about bouncing back after being bullied, she