How To Teach Your Kids To Fight Cyberbullying No Matter Their Age

 

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Cyberbullying can affect us all, no matter how young or old we are. It is ten times easier to bully someone online, than in real life, in fact, 81% of young people think so.

With the internet making cyberbullying more possible and with so many sad and even tragic stories caused by online abuse, raising kids who choose to fight this battle with you, rather than ignore it, is the only way of fighting this social issue in the age of the digital generation.

It takes teaching your kids to think before they act and to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and with the following tips, you can start doing this no matter how young your kids are.

Always turn to an adult

Stats show that only 1 in ten children turn to an adult when they are being cyberbullied. Create a trusting environment for your kids where they can share their problems with you so that they can turn to you when they are being cyberbullied or when they witness someone else being cyberbullied.

Save evidence

Teach your kids to be little detectives by saving any evidence that shows the cyberbully bullying your kid or someone else. This could be a screenshot of a social media post, an email, an audio message or any other form of media that can help stop the cyberbully from doing any more damage.

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Put themselves in someone else’s shoes

Instilling empathy in your kids from an early age will help you in raising kids who would not dare to bully someone else. Moreover, kids who put themselves in someone else’s shoes won’t ignore a victim of cyberbullying when they see one. Whether that leads to them reporting the inappropriate post on social media or reaching out to the victim privately, kids who have nurtured empathy won’t ignore cyberbullying as 90% of teens have admitted to doing.

Never share information or inappropriate content online

Regardless of their age, your kids have to be taught that private information and inappropriate photos or videos of themselves should never be shared online. Telephone numbers, emails, addresses or passwords given to strangers for no reason can be risky and they can be used against them as a form of cyberbullying.

This battle is a huge feat and no parent or kid can beat it alone. Cyberbullying is everyone’s fight and as parents, we have a bigger motive to beat it, so that we can avoid seeing our kids going through the horrible experience that is cyberbullying.

 

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23 comments on “How To Teach Your Kids To Fight Cyberbullying No Matter Their Age”

  1. Great post, I fear for my kids when they are older. I’m keen to keep my child away from social media for as long as possible.

  2. It’s crazy to think how times have changed so much. I remember just getting into using the internet and going into chat rooms, but had no warnings like they do now. It’s so so important to teach your kids this these days.

  3. I love that infographic! Definitely teaching the kids to print scene to save evidence is so important because I once got cyberbullied in the comments section on a facebook status I once posted, I didnt want people to see things like that on my timeline so I deleted it, when these got worse in real life too I then couldn’t use it as evidence and I was really annoyed with myself!
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  4. What a great post, and something I think we all as parents are aware of, it is such an important topic these days and such a hard one to stop as there are so many ways of bullying through social media x
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  5. This is a great post, cyberbullying is unfortunately very common. One way to help kids fight it is to tell them to use the block button on social media. I really don’t understand why it isn’t used as much. If the kid blocks the people who is doing the bullying they won’t be able to see each other’s posts x

  6. It’s a shame that one of the big uses of the internet is to bully people, people become brave and arrogant because they are behind a computer screen. I think these images and information will help kids to understand and hopefully reduce the figures. This is something that should be repeatedly discussed with children
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  7. I like this post because it talks about how to fight again cyberbullying. It is amazing to see the effect that social media can have upon our kids and young people. It is on adults to share with kids the importance of self esteem and confidence. I hope that through constant open dialog with kids, we can teach and help them fight cyberbullies.

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