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Buncombe County schools teach strategies, raise awareness about cyberbullying []


Photo—GET UP AND DANCE: Asheville City School's director of human resources Mark Dickerson, aka "Dr. DJ Mark," dances with students during this year's anti-bullying rally. Photo courtesy of Asheville City Schools

Max Weissman, an adolescent counselor in Asheville, says cyberbullying is an issue that comes up all too often — by parents, educators and victims themselves — though often not directly.

“Hardly anyone has come to me for therapy for bullying, though I’d say half the people I work with have been bullied, and that’s a topic we talk about,” he says.

Weissman has had his own private practice, Counseling WNC, for two years, but he’s been counseling and working with adolescents in and out of the school system for the past 15. Summarizing bullying as “using power to get your way to accomplish something,” he notes that with the rise of technology and cyberbullying, “the nature of the bullying is generally the same. It just has a different format.” Cyberbullying can include any type of intimidation with electronics or internet use, from texting to posting on social media.

According to research done from 2007-2016 by the Cyberbullying Research Center, the percentage of middle and high school students who say they have experienced cyberbullying nearly doubled (18 percent to 34 percent) from 2007 to 2016.  But a 2016 study from WalletHub that analyzed national trends indicated that North Carolina was one of the two states that ranked lowest in the percentage of high school students bullied on school property as well as online (30 percent). North Carolina was second lowest, higher only than Massachusetts.


Read the entire article by Kari Barrows (posted on October 20, 2017) here:

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