As cyberbullying increases, new laws and measures are helping combat tech-based bullying

bullying-cyberThe face of a bully and the definition of bullying have changed over the years.

Technology has come to replace the glaring student who pushes others down on the playground or the mean girl who uses word-of-mouth to spread her gossip.

Smartphones and social media have opened an entirely new door for classroom bullies, who are no longer limited to the classroom.

“A lot of these social media issues are occurring when students are not at school,” said Southeastern School District (Pa.) Superintendent Rona Kaufmann. “And often times what happens through social media comes into the school in one way, shape or form, just because of the sheer amount of people who have access to it.”

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