Parenting - Digital Parenting | 5-18 yrs

How To Protect Kids From Cyberbullying

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With the spread of Internet and its increasingly easy accessibility, children have become one of its most active users. Access to Internet has also exposed them to the dangers of cyberbullying, which has emerged as one of the most serious issues affecting children these days.

Cyberbullying can be done by various people in various ways. It can be done by a person known to the victim, as an extension of offline interactions. For instance, a person known to your child, say a classmate or a neighbour, could use the Internet to take out his grudge on your child. Children can also be bullied online by a complete stranger. This happens when they make themselves vulnerable online by not following proper Internet safety guidelines. For example, connecting to social networking sites without being aware of or following privacy policies that should be followed.

As a parent, it is important for you to know the various online dangers your children can face and the different forms of cyberbullying that are prevalent. Examples of cyberbullying include posting personal information of a person without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress, harassing them by sending intimidating text messages, calling them to meet in real world with the intent of causing harm, etc.

So what can you do to address this issue? You can start by first having an open talk with your children about the problems they can face in the virtual world and encouraging them to confide in you. Second, it is important that you don’t rebuke them or place severe restrictions on their online presence, as it would mean that they will not trust you with their confidence. Create a friendly atmosphere instead, where your children readily seeks your advice and help.

Check intermittently to see if your children are following the guidelines of maintaining privacy online. Also, talk to them about the different kinds of potentially dangerous websites. Instil in their minds the importance of not disclosing personal information to strangers or making it public on social networking sites.

Our ClipBook will help you get all the information you need before you can help your child.

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