By Tracy Clemons
BETHALTO, Ill. (KSDK) - There's a website raising concern about cyber bullying among some parents in the Metro East, and you've probably never heard it. It's called ask.fm.
A mother of a Bethalto student reached out to NewsChannel 5 after her daughter showed her derogatory messages that had been posted on her page.
Posts on the site are anonymous. There are reports that the site has been linked to several teen suicides.
Behavioral pediatrician Dr. Tim Jordan says parents and schools have to educate kids about sites like ask.fm.
"I think what's happening on those sites is just a magnification of what's happening at school and that's been going on for a long time," Dr. Jordan said. "There's always been bullying, teasing, name calling, that kind of thing. I think it's amped up because you can't escape it, because there is a 24/7 news cycle. And we can teach our kids to not plug in 24/7. We can teach our kids to take care of themselves, not give their power away."
He says kids can also be taught not to let mean words bother them.
If your child is a victim of bullying, there is help available. We have created a list of resources as part of our "Bullying: Enough is Enough" campaign.