Parents & teachers ‘have to be more vigilant’ to prevent bullying in schools and online

Insider Louisville LogoFor a significant number of school-age children, heading back to school is a happy time of reuniting with friends, meeting new teachers, and adopting new routines. But for an unfortunate few, it also means coming face-to-face with a most unwelcome sight – the bully.

Dr. Terry Scott is Director of the Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools at the University of Louisville’s Department of Special Education. He says that bullying in schools may not be more prevalent than it used to be, but social media provides more opportunities for bullies to do damage these days.

“What we’ve found is that if you simply go into a school and tell kids to stop bullying, the bullying tends to go underground,” he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “And cyber-bullying is a great place for it to go underground because adults aren’t seeing every exchange the kids have.”