Dr Joe Taravella: My name is Dr. Joe Taravella. I’m a clinical psychologist so I’m doing private practice in New York in New Jersey. I have a specialization in marital and family work and in my work I specialize in working with children, adults and families with a variety of issues from learning issues to emotional issues and psychological issues. I’m also a Dad to almost triplets and the three of them keep me very busy.
Ciaran Connolly: Wow, sounds like you are very busy is right. Thank you for taking time out to join us today and shed some light onto bullying and give us some answers I guess and of course review on some of these questions. Do you think that bullying is as big an issue today as it was 10 or 20 years ago?
J: Yes, I certainly do. You know, I feel like bullying is a big problem and cyber bullying is on the rise among children, teens and young adults and you know, bullying statistics indicate that physical assaults had been replaced with cyber assaults which include harassing, threatening and humiliating peers online and studies indicate that there is an increasing rate of domestic violence at home which is related to an increase in bullying both online and at home.
C: That’s very interesting and you see a difference then in how bullying is happening today? Of course we have got social media, internet, everyone seems to have a mobile phone that connects to the internet and SMSs. So, as you are saying, it’s changing from physical to more tech savvy.
J: Yes. As you said, everybody have a mobile phone and they are using them all day long you know. There certainly is a difference in how bullying happens today. Historically, we saw verbal and physical forms of bullying but now cyber bullying is on the rise so much more you know as I just said. Today everybody has access to electronics and information is spreading much more quickly than it ever has before; most of the cyber bullying is happening in chat rooms and in social networking sites and a lot of children frequent these sites. So, you know, some statistics say that about 7% of students admit to being a victim of one type of bullying or another and other statistics say that one in four kids will be bullied sometime during their adolescence.
C: Big numbers which is a shock to people who haven’t heard them before.
J: Yes, it is. Especially if you have children that are in this age bracket.
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