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Assistant principal works to keep cyber bullying off the Internet and out of schools

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram can all make it very easy for children to bully other kids. It's becoming more common for bullying to happen not at school, but from home, behind computer screens.

If you notice your child is withdrawn or avoiding other kids, you may need to sit down and have a chat. Jeff Nuzum, the Assistant Principal at Saint James Middle School, says it takes a village to raise a child.

The school has filters and blocks on its network, so cyber bullying isn't much of an issue within school walls. But after the bell rings and kids leave for the day, parents often don't know what their kids are doing when they spend hours online.

Cyber bullying is different; it can affect your kids 24 hours a day.

"If it's not addressed, a lot of times it won't stop, because nobody knows about it and we can't address it and educate those kids about what they're doing," Nuzum says.

Some parents suggest asking for kids' usernames and passwords to browse their profiles now and then.

"They're still young," Nuzum continues. "They're still very young adults. So, my advice to parents would be: always check those Twitter accounts, always check those Facebook pages. And again, that's the best way to be proactive and parents can see if there might be a problem starting. And if it's coming into the school, to absolutely let us know immediately."

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