One in five kids was reported to be bullied or socially harassed through text messaging or social networking sites in the past school year. Oftentimes, parents aren’t even aware that it’s happening to their child. Mighty Mommy has 5 ways to empower your child against new-age bullying.
Bullies and mean girls have been around forever, but technology has given them a whole new platform for their behavior. That old adage about “sticks and stones can break our bones but names can never hurt us” is no longer true, as name calling online is now considered seriously damaging, potentially leading to disastrous consequences for today’s kids and teens.
Our growing awareness of cyberbullying has definitely helped us learn more about how to cope with and prevent it. So today, Mighty Mommy has 5 suggestions on what to do if online bullying has become part of your child's life.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying happens when kids bully each other through electronic technology. Cyberbullies can be classmates, online acquaintances, and even anonymous users, but most often they do know their victims. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Many kids and teens who experience cyberbullying are reluctant to tell a teacher or parent, often because they feel ashamed of the social stigma, or because they fear their computer privileges will be taken away at home. As heartbreaking as it is to watch your child suffer from emotional or physical pain from being bullied, there are steps you can take as a parent to help empower your child against the bully: