By: Philip Olivetti EDIT 3318
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. This includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets. It also includes communication tools like social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Cyberbullying: there is a way out!
Here are some facts about Cyberbullying:
- Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than one time.
- 68% of teens think cyber bullying is a serious problem.
- Girls are about twice as likely as boy to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bulling.
- Bullying victims are 2 to 9 more times more likely to consider committing suicide.
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Some examples of Cyberbullying that you child could be experiencing:
- Texting or emailing insults or rumors about someone
- Threatening someone through text, email, or social media
- Posting embarrassing photos or videos of someone
- Creating a website to make fun of someone
Recognising Cyberbullying - Seven Examples
If your child being Cyberbullied these are some signs they might show:
- use of drugs and alcohol
- Skipping school
- Unwilling to attend school
- Receive lower grades
- Lower self-esteem
- Health Issues
Here are ways you can prevent your child from getting cyber bullied or from cyber bulling someone:
- Set clear expectations for your child
- Keep an eye on your child's online activity
- Do not allow you child to cyberbully other kids and that it will not be tolerated
- Parental Control programs to monitor technology
- Keep computer and other technologies in a common area so you can keep track of them
Here are some actions that you can take as a parent to help you child who is getting cyber bullied:
- Encourage your child to not respond to the cyber bullying
- Report the cyberbullying to your child's school
- Save the messages for evidence
- Consider contacting the cyber bullies parents.
- Make sure your child knows that it is not to blame for harassment
- Involve the police if needed