What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is becoming a growing issue in the world today. When talking about bullying with clients that have been victims it’s important to have an understanding of how it has evolved over the last 25 years.
Back in the 1990’s if a kid was getting bullied it would take some time for word of spread throughout the school. Now with such social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, a teenager’s life is fully on display for the world to see.
Privacy is no more and what was once thought of as a way to reach out to others and connect to anyone anywhere has now been transformed into an open forum for individuals to harass and target others.
This new form of bullying is called cyber bullying. Cyberbullying is when cell phones, the Internet, and other technological devices are used to send texts or images with the sole purpose of hurting or humiliating someone else.
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Cyberbullying and Social Media
Teenagers are the biggest population of people who use technology more so than anyone else.
They are aware of the fact that there is no overseeing policing or supervision on these social media apps.
When it comes to social media it’s important for the parents to educate themselves about the various programs and how each application differs from the other.
Parents should use this as an opportunity to bond with their youth and help protect them from harm.
How Parents Can Prevent Cyberbullying
One solution to help stop bullying is for parents to have daily contact with their children about what is transpiring in their school and if there is any issue that needs to be talked about.
Parents should make themselves available to their children and allow their children to feel comfortable in discussing their school day with them.
For kids who don’t have a cell phone, they may be tempted to ask for their parents to buy them a phone in order to combat any personal attacks that may be made by their peers towards them.
If parents feel that it is imperative for their son or daughter to have a cell phone (especially at a young age), they should consider giving their child a basic cell phone with texting and calling capabilities. In most
In most instances, a prepaid phone will suffice. Utilizing a prepaid will give the parent control over the usage of the phone by the child and set limits on calls and texts per month.
Parents Can Teach Their Kids about Social Media and Cyberbullying
Children and teens should also be educated by their parents about the benefits and dangers of social media and the responsibility that should be taken when engaging with other individuals on these social media outlets.
In conclusion, parents need to be proactive in the ever changing social media have control over what their child has in terms of cell phone capabilities and manage settings on the phone to aid in keeping track of the usage of the cell phone user.
This will allow parents to monitor what their child is doing when on their smartphone and who they are talking to.