Transcript for Teens and Tech: Inside Online Bullying
First our series what your kids don't want you to know. T.j. Holmes is sharing a candid conversation between a group of tween girls and their parents about what really happens on their phones and also revealing the anonymous messaging apps. This morning, T.J. Has the latest on cyberbullying. Reporter: Rolling eyes. Stick and stones may back your break. It can go viral. A whole different monster. Now, no reason for us to believe that kids these days are any meaner than they have ever been. New technology that allows them to spread that meanness around. School bullies don't have to corner their victims anymore. No. Never have one like bully. Everyone talking behind everyone else's backs. Reporter: These 14-year-old. And 15-year-olds from San Francisco love their smartphones. Who's the worst out of the group? They agreed to tell us how some apps and social media can expose them to an online world of insults. How bad does it get? Lot of issues to the point. What kind of stuff do they say online via social media they wouldn't say to your face. Physical appearance. Reporter: She quit one after harassment. Within the first half an hour and I deleted it the day after because I was crying. Reporter: A negative comment or two is one thing but experts define cyberbullying when someone is hurtful repeatedly and deliberately. Experts caution, that cyberbullying is almost never the sole factor in suicide. They don't want parents to solve this problem. They do need the tools to solve the problem themselves. Reporter: One tool is the new Google chrome extension called, reword. It acts as a spellcheck of negative language, gives them an opportunity to change it. Our group is hopeful that taken upon themselves to police it. It's not just you attack the bully. What a smart young woman there. This is such a huge topic of conversation in my house and so many homes across America. Kids can be mean. No matter what, you can walk down the hall and say, I don't like your shoes. When someone does it over and over when you're trying to hurt your feelings, sometimes bullying can be accidental. One off-comment, those kids admit we would say things online that we wouldn't say to their face. Repeated and intentional. So refreshing to hear those kids they want to get inside the minds of the bully and help them stop. We have been doing this series, some parents were scared. This week, glad to end on a hopeful note. These kids have taken it upon themselves to police themselves. There's a stigma attached to bullying. So it's nice to see them blitzing themselves. They don't want parents and adults to fix the problems. No, I don't bring it to my parents at least it reaches a threatening level. That is hopeful. Great reporting. Thank you. Let's head outside to rob in Boston.
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