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Cyber Bullying Safety 101- A Guide for Parents to Keep Kids Safe

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:40
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cyberbullyingCyber bullying – a term that defines all kinds of bullying activities across the digital and cyber world, now occupies really important place in every student, teacher and parent’s mental framework.  If records are to be believed, about 95% of teenaged social media users have witnessed bullying and cruel behavior online in some or other form (according to PEW Internet Research Center, records 2011); text bullying is getting more and more common (University of New Hampshire, research in 2011); 43% of teens between the age group of 13 and 17 have faced some or other form of cyber bullying (Harris Interactive Trends & Tudes, report 2007).

Why do people bully; tease; trouble or behave rudely to anyone at all?

11% just do it to show off to their friends

14% do it to be mean

21% do it to embarrass their victims

28% find it a thing for fun or entertainment

58% feel that their victims deserve it

58% do it to give it back to someone

16% have something else on their minds

(According to Teen Online & Wireless safety Survey: Cyberbullying, Sexting and Parental Control conducted by Cox Communications Teen Online and Wireless Safety Survey in Partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2009)

If you are a parent worried about your child’s safety; check the below given safety tips to introduce safer digital usage to your child.

#1 Teach your child these simple points

  •  Your password is a secret little thing which you are not supposed to share with the whole world. It is something like your toothbrush or undergarment – not meant to be shared –
  •  Mama/daddy/elder sissy/ big brother are your friends if you receive any abusive text message, threatening calls, hurtful mails or face abusive treatment online; tell them and get help from them. It is urgent and you shouldn’t hide it.
  •  Don’t send anything bad to your friends through mails, text messages or other media which you yourself don’t find decent or shareable. These may be returned to you someday.
  • Don’t place your personal information including pictures, phone number, and the likes on social sites. Remember things   put online are done forever, even if you remove them later, they aren’t really removed.
  •  Don’t spread rumors about others. Don’t do anything that you won’t like others to do with you.
  •  Block unknown callers, message senders, mailers, and people on social sites who are rude or mean to you.

#2 Take safety measures outside home. You’re there to take care of whether or not your child is safe at home but what about your child outside home? Be aware of the places where your child accesses Internet. It can be school, library or a friend’s home. Talk to school authorities, librarian, and the parents of your child’s friends to ensure safe Internet usage.

#3 Install parental monitoring software for cell phone in case your child accesses the Internet through mobile phone. You’ll get to know about your child’s digital communication including calls, text messages, mails, chat messenger history and social networking activities. With this information you’ll always be able to make out if anyone bullies your child.

With these cyberbullying safety tips, you can ensure better safety for your child without having to compromise with your child’s digital freedom.

Source: https://parentalmonitoringtips.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/cyber-bullying-safety-101-a-guide-for-parents-to-keep-kids-safe/

Source: https://parentalmonitoringtips.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/cyber-bullying-safety-101-a-guide-for-parents-to-keep-kids-safe/
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