Tips on protecting children from bullies
Bullying has caused a slew of problems over the years, as some kids are left scarred from their middle and high school days for years to come. However, with the tech-savvy young generation, bullying isn’t limited to school hours, according to CBS News.
Parents need to be aware of what their child is doing on Facebook, Twitter and the other popular social media sites while at home, as these are popular places for cyberbullying to occur. The best way to monitor kids’ online behaviors may be to set up parental control software on their child’s computer and phone, according to the media outlet.
“Our kids live in an age when socialization is tied to electronic devices that can go off at 3 a.m. There is no safe time, unless a parent is involved and takes the time to monitor what’s going on,” Judy Kuczynski, president of Bully Police USA, told the news source. “Expecting children to have the maturity, the sophistication and confidence to do something about it, is impossible. This is an adult problem. Parents need to step in.”
In addition to software, parents can put the computer in a living room or family room, where people always are, so they can see what their child is doing online. Additionally, talk to the kids about cyberbullying and its effects. This way, the child may be more apt to talk to their parents if they are victims or are witnessing it happen to someone else, the media outlet reports.
Cyberbullying has been a hot topic for quite some time – even stars in Hollywood have been speaking out against it. According to E! Online, Demi Lovato recently lashed out on Twitter, as she tweeted, “It really surprises me the hateful things people say on the Internet. After all the awareness of cyberbullying… I mean wow. So sad.”
Mashable recently reported that MTV and the popular application Angry Birds will be launching a campaign that allows users to open a new level if they join the A Thin Line campaign, which asks individuals to step in if they witness online bullying.
“We know how big the game has become and the ways people are engaging with it,” Jason Rzepka, MTV vice president of public affairs, told the news source. “We saw this as a place we could really connect with young people.”