Cyberbullying

My son is 10 years old and we’ve already dealt with bullying at school. The older he gets the more he’s being exposed to the online world. He asks about creating social media accounts and has a smart phone. With cyberbullying becoming a headline in the news every few months, I worry about my kids safety and well-being. Let’s have a discussion about cyberbullying and see how we can take control to protect our precious children. 

cyberbullying

Bullying is always an issue, but with the increased use of the internet in our day-to-day lives, cyberbullying has become more common. Cyberbullying works much the same way as more traditional methods; a bully will select their target and do everything in their power to victimize them, whether through harassment, shaming, or other means. If you think it’s any less potent because the bully is behind a computer screen, think again! Cyberbullying often has some of the same consequences as other forms of bullying—and what’s worse, your kids can’t escape it just by coming home.

For more information, take a look at this infographic from Secure Thoughts.

How to Protect Your Children

Cyberbullying can cause a lot of problems in your kids’ lives, both in the short-term and the long-term. You need to make sure you’re doing everything in your power to keep your kids safe. cyberbullying2

 

Here are a few simple tips to keep kids safe:

  • Check up on your kids. If you think there’s a problem—or even might be a problem—talk to your kids about it. Make sure they know the dangers involved in uploading an excess of information about themselves. Of course, they’re not always going to tell you the problem, so you need to stay a step ahead of them and take other measures as well. But making sure your kids know that you’re concerned and willing to talk about these issues might help them open up to you about it.
  • Limit their computer time. A frequent problem with cyberbullying is that it sometimes seems impossible to escape. Whereas with traditional bullying, you could leave the situation—go home, hide in the library, whatever. Kids these days are often tuned in to their phones and computers all the time, meaning they’re always susceptible to cyberbullying. It might sound silly, but make sure your kids realize that their online life isn’t the whole world.
  • Look over the browser history to see which sites your kids frequent. If you suspect they’re being bullied, sharing too much information, or having some other problem on a specific site, look into blocking the site. This isn’t a foolproof method since your kids likely have access to the site at schools or friends’ houses, but it’s a good step to take.
  • Limit the information the bully has access to. If a bully has a lot of fodder for attack, there’s a lot they can do to harass your kids. Make sure your kids understand and implement privacy tools at the website level, and get a VPN installed so you can protect your internet connection as well. Seem excessive? Hacking sites is easy enough that even teens can do it. Trust me, you want to make sure you’re not putting more information out there than you intend to.

Although cyberbullying is an unfortunate reality of the world we live in, it’s possible to minimize the dangers if you keep yourself informed, do your best to help, and set out some ground rules ahead of time.

Cyberbullying Infographic

Below is an amazing infographic that will help you take control and protect your kids from the risk of being cyberbullied. Don’t sit back and let it happen, take action, get involved. 

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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  1. Wow, this article absolutely blew me away. Growing up in a time where you only had access to the internet if you got those old school AOL cds in the mail, I forget how easy it is for kids to attack others in a very open way so that dozens or even hundreds of kids can see it before the next school day even begins.I cannot believe you are already experiencing this first hand with your 10 year old. This growing trend is absolutely disgusting and I get so angry that parents are so disconnected from their bullying children. The stats you shared are incredibly alarming. Definitely going to be sharing this on my social media to help raise awareness!

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    • It really is sad and I worry about my kids. That’s why I was so excited to share this article. As parents, we need to get involved and know what our children are doing online. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  2. Awesome and yet very worrying infographic. Cyberbullying is such a new phenomenon and I think sometimes parents know about it but don’t always fully understand how widespread and real it is. As Shaina says, I remember the AOL CD days and now a lot of kids (and young kids at that) are online nearly 24/7.

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    • It really is a great infographic and it’s so important to get involved with your kids online activity. Kids can be mean, especially hiding behind a computer screen. Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

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