The rise in the digital age has brought us a lot of great things. One of the unfortunate things that came with the digital age is the rise of the keyboard warrior. Kids in school used to be able to escape their bullies once they left school. Unfortunately, today’s kids do not have that luxury. Cyberbullying is a growing problem as we become more dependent on social media. Today, we want to talk about the signs of cyberbullying and ways to help prevent it. Before that, here are a few of the many, statistics about cyberbullying:
Stats About Cyberbullying
- Approximately 47% of today’s youth has received threatening, intimidating, or mean messages while online.
- A survey completed with young people found that 42% of the participants were cyberbullied on Instagram, 37% on Facebook, and 31% on Snapchat
- Girls are more likely to be victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying
- Minority groups are cyberbullied more than other groups
- Bullied victims are nine times more likely to commit suicide
Warning Signs Your Child Might Be Cyberbullied
- Your child displays emotional responses to what is happening on their device
- Your child becomes depressed or withdrawn or loses interest in activities or people
- Lack of use of social media
- Noticeable decreases in the use of their devices
- The avoiding of social situations, even the ones they enjoyed in the past
- **You know your kids, any change in behavior might be an indication**
Tips For Your Kids
Talk to a trusted adult, where your parents, a teacher, or a counselor: One of the mentioned will be able to help you and will know what steps to take. Every school will have a way to report bullying anonymously if you are concerned about people finding out you talked to someone.
Don’t retaliate: As much as you may want to, or think that it’s justified, don’t attack back. If you attack, you run the risk of also becoming a bully.
Educate Yourself: Learn what signs to look for when it comes to cyberbullying. In doing so, you will be in a position to report it or help those who are suffering from it.
Protect Yourself Online: Make sure you are the only one who has your online passwords. If you log on to a public computer, make sure you sign out. Think twice before you post something on the Internet, once it’s up, it’s there forever. Even if you delete a post, someone could have taken a screenshot of it.
Save The Evidence: If you are a victim of cyberbullying then screenshot any posts, text messages, or other messages you may receive online. You can take this evidence to a trusted adult.
From the statistics, we or someone we know may have been a victim of bullying. If you are in school and witness it, report it to an adult. While some kids tell an adult, many don’t. For more information about what to do if you or your child is the victim of bullying, follow this link to stopbullying.gov.
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