Cyberbullying – Most Susceptible Adolescents

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December 7th, 2010

CyberbullyingAll adolescents are at risk of cyberbullying, according to mental health professionals. But there are characteristics that make individuals more vulnerable to such harassment – and more likely to be a victim of cyberbullying.

Most susceptible to cyberbullying:

  • Individuals with a developmental disability
  • Individuals with mental health issues
  • Adolescents who are gay or lesbian, or those who are struggling with their sexuality or gender identity
  • Youths who recently moved to a new school
  • Children who are perceived as outsiders by their peers
  • Adolescents who spend a lot of time online, or texting

For parents and teachers, it is essential to check and recheck the habits and attitudes of adolescents under their charge. Listen to their conversations. Parents – it’s OK to have a cell phone parental agreement with your children and educate them about the consequences of cyberbullying.

With suggestions from several employees, we’ve compiled a Cell Phone Agreement that you too can use. It sets expectations and encourages responsibility. Here’s the sample cell phone parental agreement, customize it for your own needs.  P.S….it’s working for parents at R&R…..  Good Luck!


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