Bullying in the digital age

Bullying in the digital age
Protect kids from the dangers of social media bullying

Cyberbullying is electronic bullying (via computer or cellphone, using emails, texting or social media) that can quickly spiral out of control in today’s digital society. With the multitude of social media platforms popular with teens today, bullies may gain anonymity through fake profiles and say or do things they would not otherwise.

A 2013 review found that 15 percent of secondary school understudies (grades 9-12) had been electronically tormented in the last year.*

How do I help?
The common response for most guardians is to need to shield their kid from cyberbullying. Specialists on the issue present various approaches to assist your kid with cyberbullying:

• Help your child know what to share online.
Instructing your youngsters on what is proper to post online is a significant advance to forestall cyberbullying. They shouldn’t share whatever could hurt or humiliate themselves or others. When something is posted on the web, it’s troublesome (or unthinkable!) to erase and what befalls it next is out of their control.

• Be aware of what your child does online.
• Understand school rules. Numerous schools have now evolved approaches on employments of innovation all through the study hall. Understanding these arrangements can assist you with moving toward school organization if your kid is cyberbullied.

• Understand school rules. Many schools have now developed policies on uses of technology in and out of the classroom. Understanding these policies can help you approach school administration if your child is cyberbullied.

• Create an open environment. Help your youngster feel good enlightening you concerning cyberbullying episodes and set clear desires for innovation use. In past examinations, a few understudies demonstrated that they didn’t inform their folks regarding cyberbullying on the grounds that they dreaded their folks would take the innovation away.

• Report the problem. On the off chance that you accept your youngster is engaged with cyberbullying or being harassed, converse with somebody at your kid’s school. Urge your kid to shout out about web based tormenting and report issues before they turn crazy. Report cyberbullying to Internet specialist organizations and site mediators, and if dangers and badgering happen, call the police.

Conversing with a confided in companion, instructor, advocate or human services supplier may make an open door for your kid to share emotions in a sheltered place and can help forestall cyberbullying.

* CDC, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2013.

** The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine “The Internet is a Mask”: High School Students’ Suggestions for Preventing Cyberbullying, August 2014.

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