Parents Aren’t Addressing Cyberbullying

Sep 17, 2014

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A growing concern that many parents often experience is the concern that their child may be bullied online, or “cyberbullied”. Do you know if your child is being cyberbullied? Do you have any idea how you might know? Would you know if your child is bullying others online?

In a current survey, 44% of parents said they were concerned that their child could be a cyberbully. Much of this concern has been raised largely due to the rise of cyberbullying cases in the news.

While parents generally do a good job of discussing “traditional” bullying with their children, many parents don’t speak to their children about their online interactions with others. Studies show that while 70% of parents talk to their children about bullying, only 33% talk to them about cyberbullying.

Training our kids how to interact with others has become just as important for online interactions as it is for real-world interactions.  Kids often won’t bring up the topic to parents directly, so one of the most important things a parent can do is initiate the conversation, and ask follow-up questions about how their kids communicate online and with whom they are communicating. Below are some good starter questions that parents find useful to communicate with their kids about cyberbullying.

  • Has anyone ever said something online that made you embarrassed or uncomfortable?
  • Have you ever posted something untrue or mean about another person online, even just as joke?
  • What would you do if someone posted something untrue or mean about you online?
  • Why do you think people post or say negative things about others?
  • What could you do if you see someone posting negative things about others online?

Along with starting the conversation, monitoring your child’s online behavior is important as well. Net Nanny Social can monitor your child’s activity on your child’s favorite social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. The best scenario is open communication with your family and monitoring tools to do frequent checkups ensuring your kids apply the principles are you teaching them.