According to the Cyber Bullying Research Center, 30.1% of 12-to-17-year-old students had experienced one or more types of cyberbullying two or more times during their lifetimes. (Photo: Monkey Business Images/Adobe Stock)

The pandemic’s effect on schools, students and families is in the news for the second straight school year. Even before the pandemic, parents, administrators and teachers were well aware of bullying and its detrimental effect on students and their learning environment.

With students spending more time on computers and mobile devices throughout the pandemic (especially unsupervised and outside of school technology networks), the nature of bullying among schoolchildren has changed. Thus the risks for schools have changed, too. For instance, students who were prone to in-person bullying also are prone to cyberbullying.

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