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Annemarie K. Lange, LPC, LLC
Annemarie K. Lange, LPC, LLC is a licensed professional counselor in the Philadelphia area that utilizes mindfulness and meditation to help her clients deal with a variety of challenges.
Oct 13, 2016
If you’re reading this, you’re probably concerned that your child is a cyberbully. It’s important for you to remember, this does not make you a bad parent. In fact, by reaching out for resources to support your child, you’re acting to end the pain of bullying. According to recent research, 10-20% of students bully over the internet so you are not alone!
Cyberbullying statistics report over half of young people report being cyberbullied. According to stopbullying.gov:
“Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.”
Some examples of cyberbullying include:
Cyberbullying is different from other types of bullying. It can be more emotionally damaging, in some cases, than face to face bullying due to the 24/7 accessibility. Therefore, traditional consequences are not recommended. We must remember children and adolescents are not yet fully emotionally developed. They are impulsive, they don’t necessarily consider the consequences for their behaviors or the impact it may have on another person. Consider this an opportunity to help your child understand their behaviors and how to modify them - a healthier alternative for everyone.
If you discover your child is bullying his/her peers online, here are some suggestions:
For more information on how to stop cyberbullying click here to review a recent post on 6 Proven Ways to Stop Cyberbullying.