Carol Todd remembers a time when teenagers’ insults were written on the bathroom wall or a piece of paper and could be washed away or torn to shreds.
It was a time when bullying was a schoolyard event, when the trials and tribulations of adolescence stopped at your bedroom door and that room was a refuge from the outside world.
No more. Now bullying has become a wider and more enduring problem through the use of technology and social media, says Todd.
“Something physical or face-to-face could happen at school and then they come home, turn on their devices and, boom, it’s right there — pictures, videos, words, the story. And it isn’t just one-to-one anymore. It’s one-to-100,000.”