Fox News host and retired U.S. Army general Mike Mullen suggested Thursday that cyberbulling and other forms of cyberbullish behavior are the new norm and that students should learn to identify and report their peers to police, the military and government agencies.
“It’s all about the threat.
We’re in a world of cyber, cyber-bullying, cyber bullying, cyber threats,” Mullen told “Fox & Glorioso” co-host and former President Bill Clinton.
“The problem is, these things happen at a much higher rate and you have to be able to protect yourself from them.
“We have to protect ourselves from it, and we have to teach our children how to protect themselves. “
We have to make sure they understand that cyber-threats and cyber-violence are real and you can’t be online 24/7.””
We have to protect ourselves from it, and we have to teach our children how to protect themselves.
We have to make sure they understand that cyber-threats and cyber-violence are real and you can’t be online 24/7.”
The remarks came after the Department of Education announced new cyberbullening training for students in online master programs.
The Department of Justice has said cyberbullers are a growing threat and that the cyberbullending that many students are seeing online can be considered a form of cyber-abuse.
A survey by the Department found that more than 50% of college students and about 50% to 60% of high school students have been harassed online.
Mullen, who served as the top military officer during the 9/11 attacks and was an advisor to then-President George W. Bush, said he sees cyberbullishing as an issue that is becoming more prevalent in the digital age.
“The people who are getting the most abuse are kids who have never experienced the consequences of cyber bullying,” he said.
“These kids are going to be the ones who are the most vulnerable.
And I’m telling you, they’re going to see it.”
Mullens comments come just two days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring federal funding from “cyber-bulling” schools and organizations.
In a tweet Friday morning, Trump said he would rescind the ban if Congress does not act.