Cyberbullies’ Favorite Sites: Ask.fm, Twitter, & Facebook

Apr 24, 2014

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Bullying has always been a problem for children at school, yet they could always return to their home and remain free from criticism and hurt. However, with the evolution of technology and the Internet, children are susceptible to cyberbullying- which is everywhere.  Cyberbullying is any type of bullying that occurs through technology. It can be done by using various devices and outlets such as cell phones, iPads, Twitter, Ask.fm, Facebook, etc.

In February 2013, 10,000 teens were surveyed regarding the occurrence and effects of cyberbullying.  Of the respondents, 67 percent  were from the UK, 17 percent from the USA, 12 percent from Australia, and 4 percent from other countries. The results from the survey portrayed that 70 percent of young people are (or have been) victims at least once. If your child has an account on Facebook, Ask.fm, or Twitter, they are most vulnerable to bullying.

Cyberbullying is not just a phase or one time occurrence; the effects on victims can be long-lasting. Those who have been targeted in the past, admit to having a lower self-esteem, less of a social life, and a more negative attitude.

Although it may seem that the only way to deal with this problem is to block internet access, there are other routes. The most effective way to deal with cyberbullying is to talk with and listen to your child. If a child is unwilling to share, look for the tell-tale signs that they may be a victim:

  • Anti-social behavior
  • Loss in appetite
  • Skip school
  • Poor grades
  • Health problems

Cyberbullying is a real threat with serious consequences. To prevent it from developing, look for sources that can help block and monitor messages being sent to your child. Net Nanny Social allows you to monitor all potentially threatening aspects of your child’s social network.  Parents can view their friends, pictures, posts and messages. For more information about this topic, visit http://www.netnanny.com/

 

Source: http://www.ditchthelabel.org/annual-cyber-bullying-survey-cyber-bullying-statistics