Bullies have been a part of growing up since the beginning of time. However, children growing up today have a different kind of threat to be wary of…
Harassment takes several forms, such as calling other people names. Ultimately, it degrades someone’s self-esteem and makes kids feel lesser. In the past, kids would have a reprieve from physical harassment when they go home from school for the day. Today, kids can continue to receive mean comments on social media. Constant messaging can really take a toll over time.
Some kids will create a fake profile to befriend another child. Through communicating, they can acquire personal information about your kid. Since the person is hiding who he or she really is, it can be difficult to bring about any kind of punishment. You also need to be mindful that someone can take your child’s photos and information and create a fake profile around that.
Exclusion becomes much more prevalent online. Kids may feel left out from other students’ parties. The other kids post pictures of the party, and your child feels bad because he or she never got an invitation. Additionally, other kids may have online conversations and tag other students but not your child. It is easy for a kid to feel bad over time from this.
Some students will post private and sensitive information about your child that they didn’t want to publicly share. A lot of the time, this sadly relates to outing a child’s sexual orientation before he or she is comfortable letting that information out. However, outing can involve any type of information that could serve as fuel for bullying. For example, one student can post another student’s family using food stamps to shame the individual.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time online is familiar with the actions of trolls. It is the deliberate act of provoking an individual through bad language or insults on social media or online forums. The goal of this is to make the other person angry enough to act in a similar manner. Most of the time, trolls target vulnerable people to put them down. The best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them completely. Trolls want a reaction, so you should not give them one.
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Cyberbullying can lead to cyberstalking very easily. Cyberstalking refers to the practice of someone using social media and the internet at large to contact someone else. In many cases, the target is a child. Someone in your child’s class may constantly message your child, asking him or her to meet up. Much of the time, the person wants to meet up for sexual purposes. It is an incredibly dangerous form of bullying, and parents need to intervene to stop it. In the event the stalker is another student in your child’s class, then you need to reach out to the child’s parents to get the messaging to stop.