The first thing many people should realize is that there is lots of help in relation to cyberbullying both online and in the real world. This post aims to educate you on the facts and great information and guidance on how you can get help coping with the Cyber bullying.
It’s most distressing seeing the number of children & adults that are actually victims of the Cyberbully with studies showing nearly 40% of children in the UK being bullied online.
This is Personal to me like it is others!
My niece has recently gone through this type of bullying online and to be honest, I think it really needs nipping in the bud. Luckily we have found out about her case and she was confident and grown up enough to speak out about this, but many children are not that confident and will let this continue to happen to them through fear of repercussions.
How can we combat Cyberbullying?
First things first sit your children down and speak to them about the dangers of the world wide web. You don’t have to scare them, but at least, make them aware surfing the internet can be safe if they follow a few simple rules.
Here are just a few simple solutions to stop cyber bullying.
- Never post your home address, personal mobile number or e-mail address online. Try not to use this information at all unless using a secure connection with a reputable company. Is there really any need for you to input details like this unless you have to for let’s say a delivery.
- If you are getting bullied keep the information and print it out and keep writing the information down so you have a running log of what actually is happening.
- Tell your parents! They can help big time and you will never be criticised for telling them something like this is going on.
- Don’t reply to the messages in some cases this will only fuel the person making them think they really have your attention. Think about it how would you feel if you were just ignored, I bet you can see this will cause them frustration, meaning you are already winning.
- Why not block the cyber bullies out completely, a really easy function with social media things like Facebook and twitter and I am sure you can do this via any social media. Don’t want them to keep contacting you then this is a simple solution.
- Passwords are for your eyes only, just don’t allow anyone access to your things and never tell anyone your password. I am not saying don’t trust anyone but what happens when you fall out! Some people find it really amusing hijacking your Facebook account and posting horrible things about you, your friends and family.
- Photographs can be a good thing just don’t post anything images that can be classed as not appropriate. You don’t want any images of yourself that are out of your control spreading around the web.
- If you are receiving messages via your mobile phone, either change that number or block the person who is doing this to you. At the end of the day, a number can be changed no matter how long you have it and most smartphones have the function that allows you to block anyway.
- Another thing! Don’t let anyone see you in your school uniform. Some people are very manipulative and really can track you from anything, including pictures of your school and maybe your house.
What do I do If I know someone else that is being bullied?
Tell someone because the last thing you want is that type of pressure on your own shoulders at any age. Remember, you can approach your Parents, Their Parents, Teachers or Police Officers.All you have to do is tell someone. Sharing information like this will reduce the problem and make sure that your particular person can be monitored and helped.
Here are some useful contact details:
In the UK, we have Childline which you can call free of charge on – 0800 11 11 offering 24hour help 7 days a week.
More information can be found on The Beat Bullying website, which has so much more information to help you.
Take a look at Socialis who are supporting the CyberSmile Foundation. They are launching a project this Sunday called #Socailis where people share what social media means to them. You can take part and possibly be featured in the book they are creating. The book will have 140 chapters, from 140 authors who tweeted what social means to them. All proceeds will go to the Cybersmile charity!
Please leave your tips and advice, you really could save someone from this horrible Cyberbullying culture we appear to be experiencing currently.
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