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 is necessary not to just discuss the meaning of cyber bullying but also how to eliminate cyber bullying. Just talking to children about the risks and outcomes of cyber bullying is not enough. Teach your children to respect each other and how to report inappropriate behavior.
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.
Parents need to have honest conversations with their children about what they see and do online, to prevent cyber bullying. Children should be able to come to a parent or another trusted adult if they are being cyber bullied.
By giving a child this open line of communication, a parent can help them deal with anything which comes their way. 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.