How Cyberbullying Could be Affecting Your Children
Online threats have been there since the internet was first created. However, in the recent surge of social media, complacent kids have become an easy target. Before the internet, bullying happened only at school and when the children made it back home, they felt safe and out of the reach of anyone who could hurt them. However, with the internet, things have changed. Bullying has turned into cyberbullying and there is no way to escape from it. Kids on social media are absolutely relentless and won’t leave any chance to bully someone. This goes for even older people. As soon as they see a kid who is not responding to any kind of bullying, they begin to bully them as well. This is a never-ending cycle and the children who are on the receiving end of it, suffer from a lot. There is a high chance that your kid might be a victim of cyberbullying as well. If they have not told you, then that’s completely normal because the first trait that’s affected by bullying is self-esteem.
Self-esteem is a huge part of any individual as it allows them to express whatever it is they are feeling. More self-esteem they have, more comfortable they will be sharing whatever it is that’s on their mind. Most children are like that in the beginning, but as soon as the bullying begins, they start to lose their self-esteem bit by bit. The worst part is that there is very little you as parents can do about it because due to their lack of self-esteem, they don’t feel comfortable sharing what’s happening to them.
Because of how helpless kids are against cyberbullying, they feel angry and depressed at the same time. They want to lash out but they realize that they alone can’t face everyone, so they just bottle up their feelings, which then leads to depression. This combination of anger and depression is extremely dangerous especially when it’s all being bottled up. Usually, the kids suffering from depression just can’t handle it anymore and commit suicide.
No Social Life
Due to their lack of self-esteem, anger, and depressions, children are unable to make new friends. They just feel left out and don’t believe that they belong anywhere. They spend their time alone on their devices and show signs of withdrawal from family events. They don’t talk, they don’t share, don’t make new friends, and keep everything that’s happening to them, to themselves. As a parent, you need to notice these signs because you are the only one who can get them out of this predicament. The sooner you come to their support, better off they’d be.