Cyber-bullying: How parents can help

What is cyber-bullying?

What is cyber-bullying?

Cyber-bullying is engaging in the spread of embarrassing, humiliating, or damaging communication through the internet, cell phones, text or picture messages. Cyber-bullying has resulted in children in skipping school, ruined friendships and in an extreme case, suicide.

Most parents would like to reduce the chances of their children being cyber-bullied, but the problem has become big and chances are they might not escape it at some point in their school lives. So, if they do experience it, parents would like to maximize the probability that they would know how to help them deal with it.

What can parent do?

There is absolutely nothing we can do to guarantee that our children may not be a victim of cyber-bullying, but there are many things parents can do to help minimize its effect if it does occur.

Below are what parents can do to minimize the effects of cyber-bullying:

Listening

The most important thing parents can do, is to listen to their children. By listening, we have given our children the time, attention and security necessary to get to the bottom of the real issues.

Discussing 

There is the need to keep the conversation going with our children regarding the dangers and the fun of the internet. Constantly talk about this at interval to help keep the lines of communication about internet safety.

Building self-confidence

We can help our children fight cyber-bullying by building self-confidence. Let your child know how much you value him because he is part of your life.

Show your child example of building self-confidence by valuing yourself, standing up for yourself, and not allowing others to put you down. With that, your child would know what self-esteem is like.

Enforcing rules

Discuss rules and ask for your child’s input. Always hold your child accountable when any of these rules are broken. Be careful on how you handle self-reported behavior. Children will, most likely not, report behavior if they are afraid of being punished. In most of these cases, what children need are help and guidance.

Finally, always keep computers in common areas of the house so monitoring can be very easily. Restrict communication with the use of filter.

Whenever you suspect that your child is being bullied, talk to him in a clear, and honest way about the situation. He needs to know that you are his great source of support and help.