How to protect your family from cyberbullying

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(KPLR)  - Cyber-bullying is a hot topic these days, especially in our schools.

Tech guy Rich Demuro explains what to do if someone in your family is under attack.

Rich Demuro says: "Cyberbullying is a major issue for teenagers, according to a recent poll nearly 50-percent of them have experienced some sort of tech threat. Here`s how to help protect your family from online offenders."

Tormented on Twitter. Chastised in chatrooms. Instigators on Instagram and malicious instant messages, 20-percent of kids cyberbullied think about suicide, while one in ten will attempt taking their own lives. And in the largest ever cyberbullying survey, `ditch the label` found, Twitter, and Facebook as the most provocative of platforms. But 25-year old Marina Livingstone warns adults too can become virtual victims.

Marina Livingstone says: "The entire page is this person stealing profile pictures from women and young ladies and writing sexually threatening comments on it."

The corona woman messaged several complaints only to get a generic response in her in-box saying 'it doesn`t violate our community standards'.

Marina Livingstone says: "Their solution is to block the person. Which is basically we`re not going to look at it, and you don`t look at it."

David N. Sharifi says: "FB being the largest social network online right now, as you can imagine probably gets thousands of reports every day. They do sometimes take a long time to respond to individual requests."

If you feel intimidated on the internet, first facebook has beefed up its bully prevention hub so start there.

David N. Sharifi says: "If someone has attempted to go through FB protocol to report//depending on the nature of the photograph, they may want to consider legal action, aside from FB//hiring an attorney and identifying what rights are being violated."

Also to stay safe in cyberspace, be selective in accepting friend requests and don`t electronically engage with anyone you don`t know in real life. Bottom line, being bullied in the virtual world is as real as it gets.

Rich Demuro says: "If you think you`re a victim, be sure to save all of the messages as proof - you might need to send them into the service provider or even the police to get help. Go to the tech report dot TV for more information. I`m Rich Demuro."