According to the results of a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately “20 percent of US students in grades 9 through 12 were bullied at some point in 2011.
The Los Angeles Times Aug 19, 2013, “Science Now” blog reported that, according to a study published August 19 in the journal Psychological Science, the effects of bullying may be felt into “adulthood, when victims are far more likely to have emotional, behavioral, financial and health problems.” Even after adjusting for confounding factors, researchers found that individuals who “were both victim and perpetrator as schoolchildren fared the worst as adults: they were more than six times more likely to be diagnosed with a serious illness or psychiatric disorder” and to smoke on a regular basis.
WHAT IS Cyber Bullying?
Cyber Bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of Cyber Bullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
“Grace’s Law” which goes into effect Oct 1st now makes Cyber Bullying of a minor a crime in Maryland. The law is named after a high school sophomore who took her life following over a year of being bullied by her peers through the use of Social Media. CBS on air guests will include Delegate Jon Cardin who sponsored the House Bill version of the law as well as Senator Allan Kittleman and Christine McComas, Grace’s mom, to discuss the law and it’s impact for children and families in our state.
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Anti Bullying Resources:
Contact Local law enforcement!
MD Suicide Prevention Hotlines:
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline, Baltimore
Phone: (410) 433-5175/(410) 433-7050 TDD
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Area Served: Baltimore City
Provides support to those handling mental health crises including suicide, depression, mood swings, etc