Cyberbullying is a problem that the public pays special attention in recent years. It can happen when you play with your phone or play with your tablet and computer. You can also be “forced” to be part of it by text message, social media, or games. This includes sending, forwarding, and sharing some erroneous, negative, hurtful, or mean content for others. Sometimes it involves private information disclosure, even behavior that breeds illegal or criminal.
Although cyberbullying occurs in the network, the current cyber world is not “virtual” at all, and the damage it brings to the bullied can sometimes exceed the physical bullying. Youth is one of the groups most vulnerable to cyberbullying. How can we protect teenagers?
The role of the guardian is indispensable. As a guardian, you should observe more about your child’s online activities. Because the more exposure to digital electronic platforms, the more likely a child is to experience potential cyberbullying. Parents have a responsibility to learn more about children, but this does not mean restricting children’s access to the Internet or the privacy of their children. If you think your child may be involved in cyberbullying, try the following steps to help your child get rid of cyberbullying.
- Observe your child’s emotional and behavioral changes and identify possible causes. Try to find out if these changes in your child are related to the use of electronic devices.
- Once you have confirmed that your child has been involved in a bullying incident, find out what happened, how bullying started, and who else was involved in the bullying incident.
- Keep track of where and how things happened, and make screenshots of harmful posts or content, if available. Be aware that bullying is a repetitive act, so recording may be helpful.
- Most social media platforms and schools have relevant reporting policies and procedures. If it is a cyberbullying incident at school, report the incident to the school. If it’s bullying on social media, you can report the offensive content and ask for removal by practicing the platform administrator. Report to the police if the child is physically threatened or if potential illegal and criminal acts are about to occur.
- Peers, mentors, and trusted adults can sometimes openly intervene to reverse bad things. If possible, try to determine if the child needs professional support in addition to the comfort and companionship of the parents.
Adolescents, especially middle and high school students, are in a critical period of physical and mental development, and it is precisely this period that is most likely to be involved in bullying. Whether you are a parent or a teacher, be sure to keep an eye on your child’s changes after using the Internet or digital devices.
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