An exchange between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are sparking a conversation about cyberbullying.
A convention was held in Lincoln, Thursday about the way teens use and misuse social media and how seeing role models and people in power exhibit signs of bullying can make the anti-bullying conversation harder.
“The fact that we see a lot of this happening among adults, especially some role models and leaders, it does create challenges in terms of expressing to kids why these things are bad,” said Justin Patchin, Co-Director, CyberBullying Research Center.
President Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!.”
The tweet was in response to comments Biden made at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami, Tuesday.
He said he’d ‘beat the hell out of the President if the two had been in high school together.’
Teri Effle attended the conference and said she monitors what her 17-year-old son uses.
“Who you are online should be reflective of who you are in person, and it is reflective,” she said.
Effle said she’s been online since you had to pay by the hour.
“Facebook, Instagram, I just downloaded Snapchat and caused great panic in the household,” she said.
According to a national study done in 2016 by Cyberbullying.org, out of 5,700 students, 33.8-percent say they’ve experienced cyberbullying, and 10-percent of those cases happened in the last 30 days. Numbers are higher in females, with 37 percent say they’ve been bullied online while 30.5 percent of males said they have.
“I feel like I should be modeling what does it look like when you’re online and I worry less about people being unkind to him and more about how social media is curated,” said Effle.