How To Protect Yourself From Cyberbullying?


Cyberbullying is a new form of harassing someone using technology, like computer or a cell phone. It has become a very serious problem for teens. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular technology and a common medium of cyberbullying. A study found that more than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online, and more than half of the victims don't inform to their parents. 

Cyberbullying

Sending threat messages to a person's email or social networking site, spreading rumors online, pretending to be someone else online to hurt any person, and sexting are some of the forms of cyberbullying. It affects many teenagers on daily basis. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide.

What cyberbullying victim should do?
First of all, don't be ashamed. You've done nothing wrong. Sometimes, being cyberbullied can make you helpless. Whether face-to-face bullying or cyberbullying, both can make you mentally sick. But there is always a solution to every problem. The most important thing to do when you realize the problem is to talk to an adult you trust. Try to ignore minor teasing (if it can be avoid), because sometimes bullies are encouraged by seeing your reaction. Block the bully on your phone, email, or any social networking website. You should keep the evidence of bullying messages you receive. If you can show it to an adult, it may be easier to understand what went on and how to react to it.

How parents would know if their child is a victim of cyberbullying?
It can be difficult for the parents to know if their child is going through cyberbullying. Parents should recognise this before it affect their child's mental health. There can be some key sign that parents should watch out. Child may be going through online bullying if - they become upset (specially after using their phone); if they feel afraid to go to school; and if they suddenly stop using their phone or computer.

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What immediate steps should parents take?
Talking about the matter helps a lot. Parents should tell them about consequences. They should teach their child not to share their personal data online with anyone, break the contact or block the person, and not to interact with people they don't know about . They should encourage their child to spend more time with those people who make them feel good. Victims often don't tell their parents about their problems because they think that they will be judged, so don't be judgemental. Emphasise your child's strength and tell them that cyberbullying is not their fault.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Sometimes, victim may need to talk to a counselor or therapist to overcome depression or other harmful effects of cyberbullying.


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