According to a recent study 9 out of 10 children have been subject to some sort of Cyberbullying online. We all know that children can be mean but a recent study shows that much of this may be happening online. 12% say that they frequently witness cruel behavior on Social Network Sites. In a recent poll of young adults by the Associated Press and MTV, about 56% of respondents said they had been harasses online at some point. To be clear, Cyberbullying is the practice of posting or sending harmful images or text via the Internet or other digital communication tools, such as cell phones, email, instant messaging, chat rooms, video game spaces or social networking environments such as Twitter and Facebook. Here are a few tips to prevent this from happening to you or your family :

  1. Tell your students to never pass along harmful or cruel messages or images.
  2. Ask your children to step up to friends who are cyberbullying and tell them to stop.
  3. Teach your children how to use technology to block communication with cyberbullies.
  4. Speak to students about the importance of telling a parent or adult about any cyberbullying they’re witness to.
  5. At home, supervise your child’s time online. Putting the computer in a common area, such as the kitchen is a good idea.
  6. Addressing cyberbullying school-wide is key—help institute a formal policy for dealing with any cyberbullying instances. Be sure students fully understand the consequences.
  7. Teach students the basics of smart and savvy Web behavior, such as never revealing passwords or real last names.
  8. Pay attention. If you notice a student that is withdrawn, depressed or reluctant to attend school or social events, investigate.

Cyberbullying is easily preventable as long as well all do our part to stand up to it. When compared with adults in the Pew survey, teenagers were more likely to say that their peers are mostly unkind to each other on social sites, to witness cruel behavior online and to use negative words when describing how people act online. Most teenagers polled however had positive things to say about Social Media Networks, such as feeling good about themselves or feeling closer to another person, from interactions on the same sites. To learn more online safety tips visit us at Connect Your Home or call (888)566-3979.