Effects of cyberbullying–a real threat to your children!
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KIDS ARE FROM KRYPTON, PARENTS ARE FROM PLUTO: Radio update Nov. 11: Today we turned to a more serious topic than in the past several shows. The effects of cyberbullying was the topic…and stressing the insidiousness of this kind of bullying was the main message. The “effects of cyberbullying” are not just about namecalling and teaching your kids, “Sticks and Stones…” This is bullying to extremes…on the Internet and into cyberspace.
With cyberbullying, it’s done through the new techno-world: on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, IM and text messaging on cell phones. Some kids even make up new websites, with names such as, “WeHateKevin,” or steal passwords and send out bullying messages to others, disguised as the original password user. The effects of cyberbullying are devastating and ruining lives. Lately in the news there have been reports of suicides due to cyberbullying by kids as young as 12!
The effects of cyberbullying is worse than bullying ever was for several reasons:
• It’s a 24/7 campaign, so kids can’t go home to get away from it—it follows them.
• You can’t see the bullies and deal with them directly.
• With a push of a ‘send’ button, the meanness, threats and character assassination goes viral—it’ everywhere in cyberspace and you can’t take it back!
Here are some tips for kidsto help avoid the effects of cyberbullying :
• Remember that anything you post can be sent anywhere, copied or even changed.
• Only post information, photos or videos of things that you think is OK for the world to see.
• If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, then don’t post it on-line.
• Make sure your password is something that others couldn’t guess, like your birthday, pet’s name, etc.
• If you are the victim of cyberbullying, feeling the “effects of cyberbullying” or even know someone who is…tell someone.
• If the messages you are getting are threatening and scare you, make sure you save all messages and turn them over to the police.
• Be careful not to become a cyberbully yourself, in retaliation to be bullied.
• Take a stand—don’t participate in cyberbullying if your with friends who are.
Here’s what you as a parent can do to help your kids avoid the effects of cyberbullying:
Top 5 Tips of the Week:
1. Understand that cyberbullying is very real and the effects of cyberbullying can be devastating.
2. Be a safe haven for your kids to talk. Don’t over-react, yet take it very seriously.
3. Know that your child may be a victim and a cyberbully at the same time.
4. Save any cyber-messages if there are threats of harm and call the police.
5. Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions.
Enjoy your kids!
Have the effects of cyberbullying struck your kids? What do you think we should do about it? Please feel free to leave a comment below.