Cyberbullying is any type of bullying that happens using electronics. Today there are many different electronics that cyberbullies use. Phones, computers, tablets, gaming systems, etc. Cyberbullying can happen on the internet through social media or email, or it can be done through text messages. Sometimes we know who is the cyberbully, but sometimes the bullying comes from an anonymous source.
Before cell phones, computers, or gaming systems it was a little easier to get away from bullies. Today’s world is very different. Cyberbullies can post rumors or embarrassing pictures on websites that anyone can see. Cyberbullies can also send you messages constantly and that means bullying can go on 24/7. One last difference is that rumors or name calling can go away, but if something is posted on the internet it is a lot harder to delete it.
How can we prevent it?
- Always be aware of what your children are doing online.
- Know which sites they are visiting and what they are doing on them.
- Ask for their passwords, but let them know when you would use them.
- Have parental controls installed and let your kids know you will monitor what sites they use.
- Whatever social media they have you should also get and “friend” or “follow” them.
- Establish rules on using any type of electronics (what sites are appropriate and which are not).
- Show them what is appropriate to post or share on social media, remind them that once it’s on the internet it's out there for everyone to see and share.
- Talk to your kids about who they interact with online. Friends, family, teachers, coaches, etc.
- Talk to your kids about keeping their passwords safe and to not share them with others.
- Lastly, make sure you and your child know the school rules of the technology they are using.
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