Cyber Bullying Awareness
Mostly everyone experiences both bullying from both stand points. Everyone will react differently. And one person can only take so much at a time. Cyberbullying is a major problem in society today due to social media and peer pressure. There are different types of bullying, some of which are types you see everyday to the ones only the walls can speak about them. The damage to the human body can be quite obvious, but some aren’t. The effects of bullying can lead to anxiety,depression, and even suicide.
So What is Cyber Bullying?
- Cyberbullying where someone is communicating to bully and target others over technology
When kids are usually bullied online, they are regularly bullied in real life as well, which makes it difficult for victims to get away from these behaviors.
- Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim.
- Cyberbullying is not getting enough attention, because due to the fact that it is hard for people to talk to others about it.
- Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement, mainly because they don’t want to admit it, or that they believe it’s not a big deal. Some get ashamed or believe nothing will come out of reporting it.
1 In 10 teens have had embarrassing pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras
Once things are circulated on the Internet, they may never disappear, resurfacing at later times to renew the pain of cyber bullying. More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
What can parents do ?
Cyberbullying should have bigger awareness and should be talked thoroughly between the victim and their parents. There are places you can go if you feel as if you need help such as, the school counselor, or even your child’s pediatrician. Parents need to talk to their children about how the things they post online or even the things in the wrong hands can change their lives forever. They can reflect badly on job or college applications as well as coming up when you just starting your life. They can even lose their online accounts or it can get more serious to the point of legal charges for their parents. If it includes sexual language then the bully can also be labeled as a sex offender. Parents need to tell their teens about these consequences and how it is wrong to engage in these online conversations. However, they also need to include the fact that they must encourage the kids to talk to them, and whether or not someone is bothering them. Explain to them that it’s not their fault and they won’t be punished, but reassure them that they will stop. Parents need to go do the right steps and go to authorities if necessary. They must also remember to keep the messages as proof as well comforting the victim, that it will be alright. No life is worth losing no matter in any situation. Again, people can pick these problems up just because they want a laugh or get frustrated. A way to prevent them of cyberbully is to remind them before they get too harsh online, because they don’t really know what damage they cause until it’s too late.
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