15 March 2024

Protecting your child from being bullied online

Nowadays, many children have access to the internet and are regularly online, for learning purposes, exploring the wealth of information available on the web, or connecting with friends and family. However, this digital growth also risks exposing children to cyberbullying. It is, therefore, important for parents and caregivers to understand what…, What is cyberbullying?, Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that occurs online using digital technologies, such as social media platforms, texts, or private messages. It involves harassing or embarrassing someone to intimidate or abuse them.  This form of bullying includes targeting a child using negative, harmful and, sometimes, false information. It can also include…, What are the different forms of cyberbullying? [1], Doxxing/Doxing: When a child’s personal information, is shared publicly to harass or intimidate them.  Harassment: Continuously sending abusive or threatening messages online. Outing: Publicly sharing sensitive information such as a child’s gender identity or sexual orientation without that child’s consent to humiliate or embarrass him or her.  …, Signs that your child might be experiencing cyberbullying, It is important that parents and caregivers recognise the signs of cyberbullying at the earliest stages. Some of the common signs that a child is being bullied online are that he/she is: hiding or refusing to share his/her online activity or experience. upset after using the internet or his/her mobile phone. spending longer time than usual online…, How can you support your child?, Do you feel that your child is being cyberbullied? If so, it is important to take immediate steps to support him or her to overcome this difficult situation. Make your child feel safe: Let your child know that he/she can express his/her feelings and concerns without any judgement or interruption. Encourage your child to talk about any issues he/…, Signs that your child might be bullying others online, Realizing that your child might be cyberbullying others can be difficult for parents or caregivers to accept. Remember, it’s not a reflection of your parenting skills. Just like being bullied, being a bully needs intervention and support. Ignoring the signs or denying the possibility will not make the problem disappear. Cyberbullying can have…