Updated: Thursday, 16 Sep 2010, 3:36 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 16 Sep 2010, 3:11 PM CDT
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Today's teens consider e-mailing, instant messaging, text messaging, chatting and blogging a vital part of their social lives.
An increasing number of reports supported by current research, however, indicate that many are misusing online technology to bully others.
The Austin Anti-Defamation League hosted its Fall Educators Breakfast on Cyberbullying and Cyberallies Thursday, with speakers State Rep. Mark Strama and Austin Independent School District General Counsel Mel Waxler.
They discussed district policies, state legislation and parent, student and staff trainings.
Attendees received lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students on cyberbulliyng.
The ADL said schools have a duty to protect students and exercise precautions against cyberbullying that happens on campus through policies, supervision, reporting processes and education.
The group also said the emotional and social distress of cyberbullying can negatively affect a student's academic success. It may also carry over into school communities.
The ADL said 22.6 percent of cyberbullies admitted they had bullied others in real life.