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Growing Number of Parents Turn to Police to Report Cyberbullying

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A national survey of 642 American parents conducted by Thomson Reuter’s Fraud Prevention and Investigations business unit concluded that parents are more likely to report cyberbullying to local law enforcement rather than school officials.

According to the survey, if the parents learned that their child was the victim of cyberbullying, 36 percent of parents would turn to the local police, as opposed to 29 percent who would turn to the local school officials.

One explanation of this trend may be that although half of the parents indicated very or somewhat alarmed by cyberbullying, the majority of parents did not know if their child’s school has a policy to address it.

On a similar note, a different survey was conducted on U.S. law enforcements by Thomson Reuters and PoliceOne.com.

In this survey, 48 percent of law enforcement agencies report increase in time spent investigating cyberbullying, bullying and school violence. However, 76 percent reported that training to handle cybebullying complaints has been insufficient, displaying the ill-equipped nature of law enforcement agencies in dealing with these problems.

“Though cyber bullying is a challenging issue for students, parents, school officials and law enforcement, these statistics suggest that people want to work together to understand the issue, protect kids from cyber bullying, and help kids understand the serious consequences of participating in cyber bullying,” stated Jason Thomas, manager of Innovation for Thomson Reuters.

 

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