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Is someone cyberbullying your child with special needs?

Kids and teens are increasingly connecting with one another via cellphones and the Internet. In addition to email accounts, many kids and teens regularly interact with various social media sites and other Internet-based forms of networking. These communication tools can help students organize events, stay in touch with friends who are far away and network with others on topics that mutually interest them.

However, maintaining a presence online is also proving to be a particularly troublesome approach to communication for some kids and teens. Many peers are choosing to use the Internet and cellphone connections as opportunities for bullying. In some cases, students with learning disabilities are targeted by bullies outside the classroom because teachers would never allow them to get away with this kind of behavior in the classroom.

According to a survey conducted by Findlaw.com, almost one out of every 12 American parents admits that their children have been victims of cyberbullying. It is important that if your child is being bullied online that you understand that you are not alone. Not only can other parents help to provide support, an attorney can help you to ensure that this behavior ceases and/or can help you to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.

In some instances, school employees and administrators can be or must be involved in the resolution of such cases. As a result, it may benefit you to speak with an attorney who has experience in education law if you discover that your child is being targeted by cyberbullies.

Source: Findlaw, “Cyberbullying Victim? 3 Ways a Lawyer Can Help,” Brett Snider, March 3, 2014

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