OPP say cyberbullying is on the rise in Kenora schools
Cyberbullying amongst students is on the rise in Kenora according to the Ontario Provincial Police.
The description that BullyingCanada gives for cyberbullying is using the internet or text messaging to intimidate, put down, spread rumours, or make fun of someone.
OPP Provincial Constable, Jason Canfield thinks the COVID-19 pandemic has had a hand in the cyberbullying increase that he has seen.
“With it [COVID-19] coming into place and the lockdowns kids were forced to spend more time than ever on their devices,” said Canfield. “Kids are spending a lot more time on it, maybe getting bored. If there are underlying issues that were happening before school with kids not liking each other this stuff is continuing.”
Canfield noted that the bullying he has seen isn’t ending at the final school bell.
“A lot of these happen late at night so when most kids should be sleeping after 11, and midnight some of these messages are being sent. If the kids didn’t have the cell phones with them none of this would be happening.”
Canfield wants to warn parents that cyberbullying is/could be happening and is predominantly happening on social media platforms such as Snapchat, Tik Tok, and Instagram. He believes these platforms are the root of the problem.
BullyingCanada says that in Canada, at least 1 in 3 adolescent students have reported being bullied.