Bullies have been around forever and technology gives them another platform to manifest their actions. Bullying has serious emotional consequences on children so parents should take all the measures in their power to prevent their children from becoming the victim of cyberbullying.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying refers to the use of digital means to threaten, harass, or embarrass another person. It can be made in a direct mode such as a mean text or comment on a social media post. But it can also happen in a less obvious manner such as impersonating someone else, even the victim, and sharing private photos or information meant to embarrass the victim.
What’s worst is that children are often ashamed to talk to their parents if they are the prey of cyberbullying so it might be impossible for you to know if your kid has become a victim.
The most common places where children are prone to become victims of cyberbullying are:
- Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat)
- SMS (Text messages)
- Instant messages (such as Facebook messenger)
- Games chats
Because the internet is up and working 24 hours a day, if a child falls victim to cyberbullying it might be extremely hard for him/her to find relief. Moreover, once something is online, you can’t take it back, it becomes permanent and public. This means the bullied child can feel the impact of cyberbullying years after the action took place.
With this in mind, it’s highly important for parents to openly talk to their children and educate them about the dangers of cyberbullying. Many unpleasant situations can be avoided if the child is educated on how to act if someone tries to initiate a cyberbullying behavior.