LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Cyber bullying is called an epidemic by some, leading to suicides -- even school shootings.
Local experts on Wednesday night examined the troubling trend at the online school Beacon Academy of Nevada.
Gary Waters, a child psychologist and founder of the school, says several of its students were once bullied at traditional schools.
He says parents must build trust with their kids then monitor their activity online, even having their passwords. He says any form of bullying has lasting effects on not only the victims but also bullies and bystanders.
Some parents say schools don't do anything when they report bullying. Metro says to give police a call. If that doesn't work, keep going up the chain of command, call school board members -- even the superintendent.
A common theme at the forum was that parents have to be their child's advocate.