Cyber bullying is a growing issue causing parents to look deeper at social media responsibilities

Recent rape cases spark concern and awareness

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

In Northern California three teenage boys are facing charges of sexual assault in connection with the alleged rape of fifteen year old girl who later committed suicide.
 
The story of Audrie Pott's is eerily similar to Canadian teen Rehtaeh Parsons and another case still fresh is the rape trial of two teens in Steubenville Ohio. 
 
The two young men were found guilty of raping a sixteen year old at a party. The case gained national attention because of the cell phone pictures.. videos and social media posts surrounding the rape.
 
In the case of San Jose's Audrie Pott... her family says she got drunk at a party.. passed out.. and was sexually assaulted. The young men who raped her took pictures and circulated them among her high school.
Audrie committed suicide.
 
The family of Rehtaeh Parsons says she was sexually assaulted.. and after photos of the incident were posted online she also committed suicide.
 
Social media sites like Facebook, twitter and Instagram are ways that many keep in contact with friends and family. But, unfortunately  these sites have also been seen more and more often as a way to bully others from a far.
 
Cyber bullying has become a growing trend amongst teens. What was once a horrible incident that the victim dealt with alone has now become a public humiliation event.
 
When situations like this occur local school districts say they take the needed measure to put an end to the issue.
 
School officials at the Greenfield Unified School District in Bakersfield say they take all measures when it comes to the safety of the kids. 
 
"The most important thing is to protect the students and their privacy especially when something like this happens. At the same time get the word out in same way whether it be phone calls assembly or letters of what the concern is taking place," said Superintendent Ken Chichester.  
 
Rebecca Erwin is a mother of three and all of her children use social media and have been taught to use it responsibly. 
 
"One of our rules was if you wouldn't say it to their face you shouldn't type it."
 
Some responsible methods also include  being friends with only people you know and become familiar with safety settings. 
 
If you or someone you know is being bullied school officials encourage communication with a friend a parent or someone you can trust and always report any sign of cyber bullying.

 

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