'Stop Cyberbullying Day' - 16th June
Cyberbullying is the misuse of digital technologies or communications to bully a person or group of people….
• Abusive comments – rumours, gossip, threats made via email, text or social media and ‘internet trolling’
• Sharing images – sharing or posting pictures, videos or personal information without the person’s consent that are designed to make the person feel humiliated or to hurt them.
• Hacking and impersonation – accessing someone’s email, phone or online contacts and using this to extract personal information with the intention of sharing this information or to send comments designed to cause problems to the person.
• Creating dedicated websites – putting up a website intended to insult or bring unwanted attention to the person.
• Blackmailing – using content to pressurise other people into doing things they do not want to do such as sending explicit pictures.
Tips to Stop Cyberbullying
Parents and children can take steps to prevent cyberbullying before it starts or becomes worse. Here are practical steps to stop cyberbullying:
“It's hard to protect your child if you don't understand the problem with cyberbullying or see it happen. Parents need to be the ones their children go to when something is wrong. However, parents are often the last ones to know about problems because their children fear getting into more trouble. Here are practical tips to help parents prevent and stop cyberbullying”.
What can parents do?
• Keep the computer in a common area of the home. Do not allow it in your children's bedrooms. Monitor their online usage.
• Learn how various social networking websites / apps work. Become familiar with Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. Ask your children if they will show you their profile pages.
• Talk regularly and specifically with your children about online issues. Let them know they can come to you for help if anything is inappropriate, upsetting, or dangerous.
• Build trust with your children. Set time limits, explain your reasons for them, and discuss rules for online safety and Internet use. Ask your children to contribute to establishing the rules; then they'll be more inclined to follow them.
• Tell your children not to respond to any cyberbullying threats or comments online. However, do not delete any of the messages. Instead, print out all the messages, including the e-mail addresses or online screen names of the cyberbully. You will need the messages to verify and prove there is cyberbullying.
• Don't overreact by blaming your children. If they are being bullied, be supportive and understanding. Find out how long the bullying has been going on and ensure that you'll work together to find a solution. Let your children know they are not to blame for being bullied.
• Don't underreact by telling your children to ‘shrug it off’ or just deal with the bullying. The emotional pain of being bullied is very real and can have long-lasting effects. Don't tease them about it or respond with a ‘kids will be kids’ attitude.
• Don't threaten to take away your children's computers if they come to you with a problem. This only forces kids to be more secretive.
• Talk to your child’s school so they can keep an eye out for bullying during the school day.
• If there are threats of physical violence or the bullying continues to escalate, get the police involved
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