Is Your Child Being Cyberbullied?
Things have definitely changed a lot over the last decade or two. For most parents, bullying was something that happened while they were physically in school and they could get away from it once the school day ended. Even for those individuals that went through severe bullying at school, there were places they could go at the end of the day that would allow them to be completely free from the individuals who were responsible for the bullying in the first place. In today’s world of cyberbullying, that is no longer possible. The only way to ensure that a child that is being cyberbullied doesn’t see the hateful comments is to restrict them from using social media in any way, shape or form.
For most kids, this is simply not acceptable. Social media is the way that young people communicate. It is really just another form of communication and in that respect, it is no different than using a telephone or riding a bike over to a friend’s house. It is merely a different way of getting someone’s point across that has evolved through generations. Many times, this new form of communication is a positive thing that can enhance your child’s life and allow them to get information more quickly. Sometimes, it turns into a serious problem, one that has even caused some kids to commit suicide as a direct result of it.
Cyberbullying is one of the biggest problems that kids face today. Unfortunately, it is probably not something that is going to slow down anytime in the near future. Therefore, the most effective thing you can do as a parent is to teach your child how to deal with the situation without allowing it to get to them. Bring them up so that they are proud of who they are and they know it is okay to be different. There is nothing wrong with allowing them to be their own person as opposed to following the crowd all the time. A child that is strong in who they are and has a strong sense of independence is much better able to handle bullying, no matter where it happens. You can also limit their screen time as a second line of defense, especially if you notice that they are upset every time they go online. The best way to protect your child is to teach them to be strong and be vigilant about what is going on in their lives.