Posted April 25, 2013 by Carol Martin in Hot Topics

Tips for parents to protect kids from cyber bullying

Bullying has been present in schools since society started educating kids in groups. In the old days, the bully&rsquos weapons of intimidation might have been just stealing one more kid&rsquos lunch funds, or shoving a victim down on the playground. Modern bullying is a high-tech sort of antagonism &ndash one that can reach a harmful level.

Cyber bullying is the use of technology and information by a minor to torment, threaten, harass, embarrass and otherwise humiliate an additional kid. The Internet, social networking websites, cell phones and other digital and interactive technologies are utilized to take the bully’s message to a greater audience than ever just before, giving them far more energy to leave their victims humiliated on a international scale.

“In numerous approaches, it is a lot easier to bully online than in individual,” says Dr. Mirjam Quinn, assistant professor of clinical psychology at Argosy University, Chicago. “Bullies can attain a huge audience on the internet. There is much less, if any, adult supervision governing online behavior and the World wide web offers a – at times false – sense of anonymity that might lead people to behave more aggressively than they would in real life. It is also easier to dehumanize a victim online given that the bully doesn’t see the victim’s quick emotional reaction, it&rsquos simpler to ignore the emotional impact.”

“Victims who knowledge cyber bullying reveal that they had been afraid or embarrassed to go to college,&rdquo says Greg Craddock, an academic department director at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. &ldquoIn addition, investigation has revealed a hyperlink amongst cyber bullying and low self-esteem, loved ones problems, academic problems, college violence and delinquent behavior. Cyber-bullied youth also report possessing suicidal thoughts, and there have been a number of examples in the United States where youth who were victimized ended up taking their personal lives.”

How do your defend your children? Set suitable boundaries and monitor their activity.

“The Net truly is not as anonymous as it appears – it is quite considerably real life,” says Quinn. “Your parenting rules in actual life can and ought to quite much inform the decisions you make about parenting rules regarding cell phone and World wide web use.”

“It is important that you have access to the technology your youngster utilizes the most,” says Craddock. &ldquoIf your youngster has a cell telephone, you ought to communicate that you can and will monitor the text messages that are received and sent.&rdquo

“It is not a matter of privacy invasion, but of being a parent active in the life of your youngster,” Craddock adds. “Parents should appear at and set privacy settings on the web sites their youngsters are utilizing. They should also have a list of user accounts that a youngster has developed on the Internet, along with the passwords.”&nbsp

Both Craddock and Quinn encourage parents to speak to their kids about appropriate behavior on the web. Teach them to by no means post something on the Net or send a text message that they wouldn’t say to a parent or household member.

“When you send a message or an image out into the world through the World wide web or text message, you have no control more than exactly where it goes and who will acquire it,” says Craddock. “Assume that anything posted can, and typically will, be made public. If you never post something disrespectful, irresponsible or vulgar, then you do not have to be concerned about who is viewing it.”

&ldquoMost schools have policies about bullying and a growing quantity are necessarily instituting them certain to cyber bullying. It is crucial for parents to evaluation these policies with their children so that both understand what cyber bullying is, what can and need to be accomplished about it at the college level and what the consequences are for these who commit it,&rdquo says Craddock.

“If bullying ever crosses the line into intimidation or sexual harassment, or impacts your child’s capability to really feel secure when she is around the bully, then the other child’s parents, the school, neighborhood leaders and (based on the severity of the circumstance) the police need to be contacted instantly,&rdquo says Quinn. &ldquoYour kid could initially turn into angry with you for ‘overreacting,’ but you are performing the correct factor by displaying him that you will take care of him and keep him safe no matter what.”

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Carol Martin