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Nov 21, 2014
Cyberbullying has become a huge problem in the United States. According to one report, over one million kids were cyberbullied on Facebook in 2011, and that number has risen dramatically over the past three years. However, only one in six parents of children who are cyberbullied via Facebook are aware that their child is being cyberbullied.
Many parents aren’t aware that their children are being cyberbullied via social media because they don’t know how to navigate social media. Other parents aren’t aware their child is being cyberbullied because even though they have a social media profile, they don’t want to “stalk” their children online.
Parents who actively keep track of their children’s profiles on Facebook are more likely to catch the early signs of cyberbullying. This doesn’t mean stalking their children’s profiles and constantly monitoring it. Parents who simply pay attention to comment threads on posts and pictures are more likely to find evidence of cyberbullying, since 80% of teens spend time on social media commenting on pictures and posts.
Parents should also be aware of things posted about their children on social media. About a quarter of teens have had something private about themselves posted publicly on Facebook by someone else. Nearly a third of teenagers have been contacted by a stranger. And over half of teenagers have posted personal information online. Parents who spend time keeping track of their children’s profiles can catch these things and communicate with their children about them.
For parents that don’t want to create a social media profile, another option is installing Net Nanny Social. Net Nanny Social allows parents to keep track of their children’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media accounts. It allows parents to monitor their children’s pictures and posts, and keeps parents up-to-date on friend requests their children receive.
Parents need to take an active role in order to prevent their children from being cyberbullied. Parents don’t need to stalk their children, but creating a social media account actively checking on their children’s social media is a great way to know if your children are being cyberbullied.