If you have children, we hope they never experience cyberbullying. But it’s a harsh reality and a type of online behavior that can do a lot more damage that it seems.
Approximately 91 percent of parents believe they, not teachers, are responsible for preventing the long term effects of cyberbullying. More than 75 percent of parents reported that they discussed cyberbullying with their children, while 86 percent said they joined their child’s online social network to help monitor their teens’ interactions online. Also more parents (2 out of 3) reported monitoring the security settings on their teen’s social media accounts. And just who are the worst offenders? This study found that girls are more likely to be the cyberbully. About two-thirds of cyberbullying was done by girls, making it twice as common among girls as boys.
So what can parents do to protect their teen from cyberbullying? For starters, review the tips below with your teen.
1. If you’ve become a victim of cyberbullying, take down your page(s)! No exceptions!
2. Don’t fill out those online surveys. If you do, be very selective about what kind of information you post. No personal information!
3. Give your parents access to your accounts. This is for your protection.
4. Only accept close and “real friends” to your social media sites.
5. Don’t talk to strangers. If you don’t know them, block them from your site.
6. Don’t reply to any degrading, rude or vulgar posts.
7. Block all people from your site who post those things in tip 6.
8. Report inappropriate posts, pics, videos, etc., to site operators.
9. Don’t delete inappropriate material. Take a screen shot; print it out, or save it. This is your evidence should you need it in the future.
10. If a friend tells you that they see something bad about you online, ask him to print it out or save it for you.
11. Tell a parent or a trusted adult if you are a victim of cyberbullying. Don’t keep silent.
12. Never, ever, share personal information with others online that can come back to bite you. If you want to share something big with a friend, do it face to face. Don’t do it online where the world is your audience.
13. Never, ever, share your username and password with anyone except a parent.
14. Make your username and password unique so that no one can figure them out.
15. Don’t ever provide an itinerary of your day on your social media site(s). It is not safe for others to know every step that you’re going to be making during the day.
16. Take a stand against cyberbullying. Don’t only stand up for yourself but get others involved as well. For example, start a school wide campaign. If you are a victim of cyberbullying you are not alone. Help break the silence and let’s put an end to bullying!
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