It’s hard to image someone bullying your teen or your teen bullying someone else, but officials with the Sioux Falls School District say it happens more often than people think.
"Frankly, I was shocked at some of the things that are going on out there and I think our parents will be shocked as well," Sioux Falls School District Community Relations Supervisor DeeAnn Konrad said.
From phones, tablets, laptops and Chromebooks, young people have access to social media almost everywhere they go. Along with the social trend, cyber bullying is becoming main stream.
"I see other kids attacking each other's status on Facebook," Lincoln High School senior Celest Reed said.
Reed says she sees cyber bullying at the high school level, but especially in the middle school hallways.
"Some of it is really serious and there needs to be some kind of action taken against it," Reed said.
Middle School Behavior Specialist Erica Varcoe agrees.
"Bullying has come so far from kids being mean to one another on the playground or in the lunch room and with all of these social media sites popping up, it's just almost giving bullies something to hide behind," Varcoe said.
It is parents who are being asked to watch what their kids are doing online. That is why the Sioux Falls School District is holding a social media forum Tuesday night. The District hopes many parents see the need to catch up on their kids online.
"So they can have good deep conversations with their own kids about why and how to use social media," Konrad said.
The informational forum is being held at 7 p.m. at the Instructional Planning Center on 201 East 38th Street in Sioux Falls. There will be a panel with teachers, social media experts, students and a Sioux Falls Police Department Detective.
Find more information about the meeting online.