Cyberbullying Will Only Get Worse According To Most Teens

Sep 06, 2013

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Here’s something you didn’t know. The word “bully” was first used in 1530 and originally applied to both genders, meaning “sweetheart.” It comes from the Dutch word "boel," meaning “lover” or “brother.”

Around the seventeenth century, the term began to mean “fine fellow,” “blusterer,” and then eventually evolved to mean “harasser of the weak.”

Like the word itself, bullying has evolved through the years from normal schoolyard bullying to today’s more modern cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can be very different from regular face-to-face bullying because most victims often do not know who is bullying them or for what reason. Cyberbullies hide their identity with anonymous usernames or emails, and they also find it easier to be more cruel using technology because they do not see the immediate reaction of their victims.

Sadly, most parents and teachers are not technologically savvy enough to be aware of cyberbully attacks happening online. A study from the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme reveals that a quarter of students aged 8 to 22 reported that one of their friends had been bullied online or via a mobile phone during the past summer holidays.

However, many kids are now returning to school and nearly 75% of students have reported that they experienced bullying themselves during school—whether it be elementary school, high school, or even college.

Nearly a third of all students believe that school institutions are not doing enough to prevent the problem, and 80% of students are concerned that cyberbulling will only continue to get worse. It’s clear that not enough is being done to protect children from cyberbullying; and when it comes to parents knowing what their child is doing online, many are at a complete loss.

Net Nanny has introduced Net Nanny Social in response to the growing danger of cyberbullying. Net Nanny Social monitors a child's friends, pictures and posts on seven social networks, whether these interactions are done on a mobile phone, the home PC, or a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

A child's interactions through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites are all monitored through Net Nanny Social, which provides the parent with a knowledge of who is contacting their child and what is being said between them.

The best way to protect a child from cyberbullying comes from monitoring a child's online interactions and behaviors; Net Nanny Social provides parents with the necessary parental controls to monitor their child's social network activities.