Cyber-bullying creates new problems for schools

The suicide of a West Islip teen has shed light on the growing problem of cyber-bullying among children and the challenge parents and schools face.

Alexis Pilkington killed herself in March. While family and friends say the suicide was not the result of cyber-bullying, they say it may have been a contributing factor.

Pilkington had an account on the social networking website Formspring.me. One teenage user tells News 12 Long Island activity on the site can quickly turn ugly because of the anonymous nature of the site.

Cyber-bullying expert Roni Benson says schools are trying to handle the problem with education, but that no one is sure how to deal with it.

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