What you need to know about Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying can be defined as any of following:
- Threatening to do bodily harm
- Calling someone names
- Telling lies
- Posting 'altered' pictures
- Spreading rumors
- Creating social networking account without consent
Bullies will torment their victims without mercy. The victims can never get away from it, it occurs 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The bullying happens on Social Networking Sites, Chat Rooms, Blogs, Cell Phones, E-mails and Texting. Because of the technology available to kids toady, victims of cyberbullying can never escape the bullying.
Warning signs that your child is being bullied
- Doesn't talk with friends
- Doesn't go anywhere
- Doesn't want to go to school (more than normal)
- Failing Grades
- Doesn't use their computer or cell phone
- Low Self-Esteem
- Substance Abuse
- Numerous lost belongings
What can you do?
If you notice any of these symptons above:
- Talk with your child
- Talk with the Principal and teachers
- Arrange for social outings outside of school
- Encourage your child to stick with friends at break times
- Save the evidence.
Also, please don't respond to the threat yourself. If you respond, you then become part of the problem and not the solution.
What if your Child is the Bully?
Children who bully may have an average or above average self-esteem. They may lack empathy and possibly have a attitude towards violence. You can help your child stop being a bully.
- Make sure your child is aware this type of behavior is unacceptable.
- Seek professional help if necessary.
- Talk to your child every day and listen to what they are saying.
- Spend time at their school.
- Be a good example of kindness.
- Create anti-bullying habits early.