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April 15, 2016
Bullies and mean girls have always been around, but technology has given them a new platform for their actions.
It is not easy to know when to step in as a parent. Children, nowadays, use technology differently from their parents. They are more advanced and are connected to the internet, almost 24 hours a day. This can be intimidating for parents. The first thing is to be aware of what cyberbullying is.
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, embarrass or threaten another person. Usually it happens among young adults, but it can happen to adults as well.
Cyberbullying may or may not be easy to spot. It might be a mean or cruel comment, a harsh text or email, impersonating the victim online or posting personal information about someone online, with the sole intent of harassing and embarrassing the other person.
Signs of Cyberbullying
Many children who are cyberbullied feel ashamed or embarrassed and as a result, they don’t tell their parents or teachers. There are some signs you can look out for, as a parent or teacher, although they may vary.
Being emotionally upset during or after internet use.
Being secretive and protective about one’s digital life.
Withdrawal from family members, friends and avoiding school or group gatherings.
Acting out in anger or being aggressive at home.
Changes in mood, behavior, sleep and appetite.
Being nervous or jumpy when getting a text or email.
Deliberately avoiding computer and cell phone use.