Cyber bullying is a very serious issue many children and teens are facing today. Parents are becoming more aware of these issues, due to highly publicized tragedies involving suicides of children and teens, due in part to cyber bullying by peers.
It?s important not only to talk about what cyber bullying is but how to stop cyber bullying.
Talking to children about the consequences of cyber bullying is often not enough. Teaching your children to respect one another and getting them to report any behavior to you they find inappropriate is important, as well.
Once cyber bullying starts your response may need to depend on the situation. When things happen to students off campus, parents are on their own without the school’s help. Even if the students go to the same school, when the school gets involved the law states its going against the student’s right of speech. Often, parents must take care of the situation without the school’s help.
To help stop cyber bullying, parents need to have open and honest conversations with their children about what they do and see online. Kids need to be taught to feel comfortable reporting cyber bullying to their parents or other adults.
Giving a child an open line of communication paves allows the parent to help his or her child deal with anything. Parents should take their child seriously, and take action against suspicious and bothersome activities. Internet usage needs to have a limit on it for children to help prevent them from cyber bullying.