Even the all-powerful group screaming the loudest isn’t always right
Sorry, the louder you or your group are doesn’t make you right. Sometimes it is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt – Abraham Lincoln.
Cyber-bullying is when someone or a group uses technology to harass, threaten, humiliate or harm you mentally or creating a path to physically. When your child leaves the house, you always want to know where they are or who they are with. Online should be no different. Younger children need constant peeking over shoulder but older children do need privacy. However, you should follow their Social Media accounts. While a great deal of cyber-bullying happens on popular networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr and the likes, it also happens on lesser know smaller sites that are always popping up. Teens are using a variety of applications, gravitating toward the highly visual apps that provide instant sharing (and instant gratification) without much effort. Go figure. Never underestimate your teens dependence to social media. Along with all the other dangers that plague teens today, the dangers on Social Media are also plenty.
The Simple Point
Though Social Media does serve beneficial purposes at times, what lurks on the other side of the cable should always be on your mind. Parents must always take steps to protect the their children from social networking induced psychological disorders, online predators and cyber-bullying. Online bullying can happen at home, in school and it can happen 24 hours a day. No child is immune to this threat. Some if the flags of possible cyberbullying (or any type of bullying) can be:
- Becomes upset, sad or angry during or after being online or using their phone.
- Withdraws from family or friends.
- Expresses reluctance or refuses to participate in activities previously enjoyed.
- Has an unexplained decline in grades.
- Refuses to go to school or expresses anger or dissatisfaction with a specific class or school in general.
- Increasingly reports symptoms of illness for which he or she wants to stay at home.
- Shows signs of depression or sadness.
Be vigilante, watch closely, look for the signs. It is our responsibility as Parent to make sure our children are safe in the real world or in the digital world.