OnlineSchools.com Announces New Content Series on Cyberbullying in Schools

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In line with the ever-growing prominence of Facebook and other popular social networking sites amongst young adults, OnlineSchools.com released an interactive content series that examines how advances in technology have taken bullying from the hallways to cyberspace. Additionally, OnlineSchools.com has released an infographic that shows how students aren’t the only victims of cyberbullying attacks.

This is an issue that’s not going away and hopefully this infographic can help raise awareness so we can begin to get these teachers the help they need.

OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, today announced the launch of a brand new content series which focuses on how social media and technology have transformed the way bullying occurs in schools. As part of the series, the site launched a new infographic “Tormenting Teachers,” which illustrates how cyberbullying doesn’t only occur between students but that teachers are victims, as well. Citing statistics from stories done by USA Today and BBC News, the infographic shows that while 35 percent of teachers say they have been bullied, only three states have anti-bullying laws that protect teachers. Moreover, 23 percent of those bullying are parents.

“When they hear reports of cyberbullying, most people think it must be between two students,” said OnlineSchools.com spokesperson Seth Restaino. “But the sad realization is that the advancement of technology and social media has made it easier to bully teachers as well. This new infographic has some eye-opening statistics that will show just how painfully cyberbullying has evolved.”

Emerging technology has made it easy for students and their parents to be creative in their bullying --from secretly recording teachers in the classroom to posting slanderous and personal insults on teacher review sites. To make matters worse, the schools seem either unaware or unwilling to help teachers who are the victims of bullying. According to the infographic, in 70 percent of cases where a teacher has been bullied, senior management offers “little or no useful help,” and 75 percent of teachers say they need more help combating bullying.

“The statistics make it clear that teachers are being bullied more often, and the problem is being ignored for the most part,” Restaino said. “This is an issue that’s not going away and hopefully this infographic can help raise awareness so we can begin to get these teachers the help they need.”

Among the upcoming pieces of content in this series will be an interactive video feature that will highlight some recent and more prominent examples of teachers being cyberbullied. To find more information on this infographic and other education news, follow @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

About OnlineSchools.com
Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a comprehensive directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that best meet their needs. The company is a leader in protecting Internet visitor privacy and in ethical marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.
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