What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying involves posting or sending electronic messages (sometimes anonymously), including text, pictures or videos, aimed at harassing, threatening or spreading rumors on another person via a variety of digital platforms such as online social networks, chat rooms, blogs, instant messaging and text messaging.
What is the reason for children to be involved in cyberbullying?
Cyber bullying is often motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Often, cyberbullying is also sparked by a need for entertainment, attention or simple bordum by having too much time on their hands or little supervision. Since motives differ, the solutions and suggestions for responses will also differ for each situation as there is no “one size fits all” when cyberbullying is concerned. Below is a list of possible signs that suggest your child is involved in cyberbulling as well as recommendations to help tackle and prevent the phenomenon of cyberbullying:
Signs that your child is a victim of cyber-bullying:
- Drastic change in their use of devices (sudden increase or decrease)
- Begins to avoid several social situations
- Displays extreme sadness, loss of interest and isolation of people and activities.
- Starts to become secretive by hiding their screens when others are near.
- Sudden shut down of social media accounts or the creation of new ones.