With the increase in technology, cyberbullying has also become quite common. According to stopbullying.gov, cyberbullying is the kind of bullying which occurs via electronic media for example on cell phones and computers. It may consist of hurtful texts and pictures being sent amongst a number of other things. Children are aware of this concept and now due to the efforts of schools, parents are as well.
Considering how painful it can be, an example can be taken of a 12 yr old in Florida who jumped to her death in 2013 because she had been cyberbullied by 2 other girls. Hence, while technology has a positive side to it, a negative side is also present. The statistics of cyberbullying have also been increasing at alarming rates.
According to www.dosomething.org which is a website for teenagers addressing social issues, almost 43% of all children have suffered from online bullying and 1 in 4 has had it happen to them more than once; also, 1 in every 10 victims informs an adult or a parent of what they have been through. The website also states that 2 in every 9 victims are likely to consider committing suicide.
Cyberbullies target their victims with emails, texts, and tweets. If the aim of the perpetrator is accurate and if the victim is struck a number of times either in a classroom or social setting, the effect can be terrible and hurtful.
How can parents prevent their children from being victims of cyberbullying, instigate it on their own or be a bystander to it? These tips can be considered: