Don’t speak up: parents are silenced in fears of social media backlash of their children

Bullying is still a major roadblock to get through in social media use, and parents near a recent sexual abuse case feel like they are forced to chose between their child’s physical safety, and their virtual safety.

A former teacher at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, was sentenced to 38 months in prison for sexual abuse. Parents, in fear of retribution on their children, are afraid to speak out. (Photo courtesy of the Statesman Journal)
A former teacher at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, was sentenced to 38 months in prison for sexual abuse. Parents, in fear of retribution on their children, are afraid to speak out. (Photo courtesy of the Statesman Journal)

Among the things parents are afraid of according to the article include their child getting their playing time reduced by other coaches, and students and parents lashing out against the student on social media for snitching on the coach which affects the academic programs.