Cyber-bullying on the Increase

Feb 04, 2015

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In one year, the number of teenagers that are a victim of cyber-bullying has more than doubled. According to a study, in 2013, about 16% of children between the ages of 11 and 17 were bullied on the internet. In 2014, approximately 35% of children of the same age were cyber-bully victims.

Cyber-bullying can occur on any different platforms. While it is common for children to use apps such as Facebook and Instagram daily, much of cyber-bullying occurs on lesser known apps, such as Tinder and Snapchat. Even though many of these apps require you to be a certain age before using them, many kids will lie to get around it. In fact, 17% of the teenagers surveyed said they had used Tinder even though the age requirement for the app is 18 years old.

Many parents aren’t even concerned that their children are being cyber-bullied. Less than a third of parents were concerned that their children might be a victim of cyber-bullying. And about two-thirds of parents allow their children to use the internet unsupervised.

Along with this lack of concern and supervision, some parents are also making it easier for their children to be cyber-bullied by helping them sign up for some of the apps that are used to cyber-bully. About one in ten parents helped their children sign up for a Snapchat account, while a small percentage of parents helped their child sign up for a Tinder account.

The best thing parents can do to help prevent cyber-bullying is to maintain communication with their children about cyber-bullying. About 77% of parents surveyed said that they have talked to their children about online safety, which is an increase over the previous year. Maintaining a level of communication specifically about cyber-bullying can help prevent bullying via the internet.

Another thing parents can do is install a filtering or monitoring system to check their child’s activity on social media. Net Nanny, an internet filter, can block specific websites from being accessed, which can help prevent your children from accessing websites that could be harmful. Net Nanny Social is a monitoring system specifically for social media that can check your child’s activity, friend requests, photos, and other things they do on major social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram.