Cyber-bullying is known to be on the rise, with 34 per cent of students saying they’d experienced it when questioned in 2015. Last year a survey of teachers found 40% had seen a huge rise in this type of victimisation. One dad previously spoke of the devastating impact “baiting” had on his teenage daughter. She was named in a YouTube video which saw the presenter ask young people in a shopping centre to identify anyone they thought was sexually promiscuous. The accusation was baseless, but caused her to be brutally bullied. In 2016, Childline ran 12,000 counselling sessions with young people who wanted to discuss online issues.

Smartphones may be behind “skyrocketing” rates of teen depression and suicide, psychologist Jean M. Twenge argues in a terrifying new Atlantic essay (“Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?” adapted from her forthcoming book, iGen). Phones have “changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives,” she says; the effects are intensely isolating and juvenilizing,…

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New law: Teachers must directly report abuse suspicions

A new Indiana law requires school employees to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Child Services or to local law enforcement before notifying a principal or designee that a report has been made. The new law also states that a school “may not establish any policy…

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Parents and others attend a meeting prompted by a CHS teacher’s arrest

(CHARLOTTESVILLE – WINA) 50 parents and students attended a Monday night meeting at Charlottesvile High School that was triggered by last week’s arrest of a teacher. The parents have many questions about 56-year-old Richard Alan Wellbeloved-Stone, who was arrested at his home, and charged with possessing child pornography. One mother…

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Berkeley teacher’s arraignment on riot charges set Yvette Felarca faces charges of inciting and participating in a riot, and assault likely to cause great bodily injury

SACRAMENTO — The arraignment of a Berkeley teacher on charges stemming from a riot outside the state Capitol last year has been set for Aug. 10, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Yvette Felarca, 47, faces charges of inciting and participating in a riot and assault likely to…

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