Cyber bullying is an area of concern for all parents. Now, is the perfect time to start a conversation with your children about cyber bullying, what upstanders do, and how bystanders neglect to act. A recent study by the The Bureau of Justice Statistics just released the latest figures on cyber bullying. 52% of students reported they had been cyber bullied and 33% said they had been threatened online. The states with highest incidence were California and New York.
Cyber bullying is any form of harassment, stalking, or bullying that occurs online. The bully feels protected by hiding his or her threats behind a computer or phone screen. Because the behavior is hidden, it is important to have a discussion with your child about what they should do before an online altercation occurs.
Starting A Conversation About Cyber Bullying
It is much better to be proactive to avoid possible conflicts. Cyber bullying is no different. Ask your children if they know of anyone who has been threatened online. Ask your child what they would do if someone threatened them online. Use examples in the media to begin a conversation. Contact your school and ask if they are planning on any preventative programs about cyber bullying.
4 Steps If Your Child Is Threatened:
Remember if your child is the victim of an online altercation:
1. Tell them not to engage in a flame war.
2. Make sure you save all the evidence.
3. Take a screenshot of the conversation.
4. Report the abuse to the school or law enforcement immediately.