I agree with Cassidy. Good point!
Leona ...so nice to hear. A combination of great parenting and good leadership at school.
The good news is that the research MTV & AP did between 2009 and 2011 showed that youth were far more likely to intervene when they witnessed cyberbullying. It means we're making headway as a society--just wish it were faster.
We feel it is important to work with our children to develop a team of support that can help during and after bullying situations. Parents also need support because it is stressful for them as well. With your child's help, find out who that team should be, such as school counsellors, teachers, coaches or friends and family members.
One of the biggest issues in cyber environments is that people who normally wouldn't bully get this 'disihibition' I was mentioning and do things the normally wouldn't.
Lisa, it is really good you got involved to help your nephew, because our youth do need the help of adults. They are too peer conscious and too worried to tackle this problem themselves, even when their self esteem is high. It sounds like the situation you describe IS something the police should deal with. We don't have complete freedom of expression -- which is another topic that schools and parents should address with children.
@PJ Paulson their E-Safety Officer at Kent is very approachable--RebeccaAvery--and can be found on twitter @esafety_officer. I REALLY would like to see some group sponsoring them to come here or some representatives to to to UK to take an upclose look at their example.
There are resources that families can turn to such as Kids Help Phone-1-800-668-6868 and Youth in BC-www.youthinbc.com