Seventeen-year-old Isaiah from the teen panel says he can relate to Riley. "I was also a victim of cyber bullying my freshman year in high school, so [I was] just getting started out, trying to have a good beginning to my high school career, and these two girls just took it upon themselves to make postings on MySpace about me and would talk about me using different names," he says. "So they'd be posting names like â€˜Lance Bass' and talking about me."
Claudia, another teen panelist, says that she was assaulted once in school, an incident that left her bruised. "I didn't tell anyone," she says.
"Parry, what's going to have to happen here?" Dr. Phil asks.
"I think we need to make [bullying] uncool, and we need to change the mindset. So when somebody says, â€˜Hey, log on. Look at this. Pass it on,' we need to say no. Make it very clear that the people who are doing this are the losers," she replies. She also suggests that schools adopt cyber bullying contracts.
[AD]Parry outlines three steps kids can take if they're being cyber bullied:
Stop. Don't answer back.
Block. Block the person, or block the message.
Tell. Tell a trusted adult.
"Telling is not tattling," Dr. Phil adds.
If a friend or loved one is talking about or planning to take his or her life, reach out for help now. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).