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The Dark Side of Technology: Healing the Effects and Preventing Cyber Bullying

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 Incidents related to cyber-bullying, sexting, and cybersex are increasing each year (Froeschle, Mayorga, Hargrave, & Castillo, 2008; Online Victimization of Youth, 2006). Half of all young people say they have been targets of digital bullying, up to a fourth have experienced sexting online (Quaid, 2009), and up to 51% of teens have given out information to a stranger online (Webster, 2010) with 30% considering meeting these unknown persons face to face (Teen Internet Safety Study, 2006). Many students are failing courses, attempting suicide, suffering from depression, anxiety, and even mental illness as a result of cyberbullying, cybersex, or sexting (Froeschle, Mayorga, Hargrave, & Castillo, 2008). Effective methods are needed to protect and assist students suffering silently from these issues.

Join us as we talk with Dr. Janet Froeschle who is assistant professor in the Educational Psychology and Leadership Department at Texas Tech University. She earned a Ph.D. in counselor education from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi in 2005 and previously worked as a teacher and school counselor in the public schools for over 14 years. For more information on the Cyberbully and the CSK Parent Guide

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