With the internet becoming more and more integrated into everyone’s lives, younger students may not grasp the consequences, or even REALIZE what they are doing when they sign in to an online account.
Cyberbullying statistics prove overwhelmingly that cyberbullying is a real issue in the world today… and if your student is on either side of the equation, there’s at least a 50% chance they’re not telling you.
So what can you do?
By understanding the signs of cyberbullying (whether your kid is the bully or the victim) and taking steps to help them, you can help to change these statistics.
KIDS WHO ARE CYBERBULLIES
I want to say something very important here — if your child is cyberbullying, it is highly likely that they do not understand what they are doing.
The fact that these communications occur in type, and online, greatly reduces their perceived impact. Kids believe that online statements simply “don’t count” because they’re not being said to someone’s face.
Kids will become bullies for a number of reasons, including:
- They feel worthless
- There are problems at home
- The bully has been bullied themselves
However, this doesn’t change the effects of cyberbullying, and these can be severe.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
According to Get Cyber Safe, here are some things you can look for.