In the past year, children have spent more time on electronic devices than at any time in history. With that comes an increase in Cyberbullying. Because of the 24-hour access to online platforms and social media, the impact on children and especially teenagers faced with online slander and comments will contribute to a child’s negative feelings.
According to www.stopbullying.gov, Cyberbullying can be defined as any posting or sharing negative, harmful, false or mean content about someone else, including content that can cause embarrassment or humiliation. Here are some tips to help prevent your child from being a victim of cyberbullying:1. Limit the amount of time your child is on a phone, computer, or tablet. 2. If you see your child hiding their device when you walk into a room, it’s probably a good time to start a conversation.3. Discuss cyberbullying with your child. Help them understand what it means and what forms it comes in. 4. Work out a plan with your child to review what is on their phone. Don’t sneak behind their backs to investigate, you need to establish trust and help them understand why you are concerned.5. Lead by example, your children are watching how we handle our electronic devices. Please visit https://bit.ly/CBBullying for more information on how to handle these conversations with your children and other insights into cyberbullying.