By: Krystle Crossman
Cyberbullying is a growing trend and it is harming children all over the country. Kids as young as elementary school have to suffer through bullying and some take extreme measures to escape it. They feel that there is no other way to get away from those who are bullying them and end up taking their own life when it becomes too much. How do you as a parent help your child if you see that they are being bullied online? Is there something that you can do before it’s too late? Absolutely. Here are three ways that you can help your child if they are a victim of cyberbullying.
1. Make sure that you let your child know that it’s not tattling if they tell someone in a position of authority that someone is bullying them. Many kids are afraid to say anything because they fear retaliation from the party they are being bullied by. Let them know that telling an adult that this is going on is not ratting someone out, it is helping themselves and other students from the torment that the bullies are inflicting.
2. Unplug the electronics. If they are being harassed on a social media site such as Facebook have them deactivate their account. It is a hard thing to do for many teens to shut down their social media sites but if that is where they are seeing negative things posted about them that are making them feel worthless it is something that has to be done. Logging on to a site and seeing your name smeared all over the place will only do more harm than good. Help them to understand that while they are able to connect with friends and families through these sites it is probably best that they shut it down until the situation has resolved itself.
3. As a parent you need to make sure that you are taking the situation seriously. If you see that your child is struggling with bullying, especially cyberbullying, lend them as much support as you possibly can. Take the situation very seriously and don’t just brush it off as kids picking on another because they are kids and don’t know any better. The situation could become very serious in a short amount of time and you want to make sure that you have done everything possible for your child.