What Parents Should Know About Cyber Bullying
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What Parents Should Know About Cyber Bullying

About Cyber Bullying

Bullies have always existed, as most of us know. However, our kids today are facing a whole new world of bullies, thanks to the internet and modern technology. Online bullying has proven to be just as damaging as real-world bullying, if not more so.

At Lockett Orthodontics, we know that many of the parents of our patients may wonder when it’s time to step in. Our kids and teens seem to be more technologically advanced that we are, making this platform intimidating to many parents. However, it’s so important to stay involved in their online activities to protect them from the dangers that lurk there.

Below is some information to help parents keep their kids safe and protected online.

What Is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is defined as the use of technology to threaten, harass or target another person. These can be mean Tweets, texts or Facebook posts or messages. Cyber bullying only occurs among young teens and adolescents. Once an adult is involved, it’s known as cyber stalking, which can result in jail time.

Unfortunately, cyber bullying can be difficult to detect in a child that isn’t willing to talk about it. It’s common for kids to be reluctant to tell their parents about bullying, but studies have shown that around 1 in every 4 teens falls victim to cyber bullying.

Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied Online

If your child isn’t willing to come to you about the harassment, it’s important that you know the signs to look out for:

  • If your child is secretive about his or her online activities
  • Being visibly upset during or after internet or phone use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, or favorite activities
  • Avoiding school gatherings
  • Avoiding using the computer or phone or discussing computer or phone use
  • Slipping grades

How You, As a Parent, Can Help

 

Offer support and comfort to your child and let your child know that isn’t his or her fault. Bullying says much more about the bully than the victim. Tell your child you’re proud of him or her by coming to you with the problem.

Next, let someone at school know about the bullying - the principal, teacher, or school counselor are great options. Many school districts have a certain protocol for handling cyber bullying.

Lastly, encourage your child to ignore the cyber bullying. Responding to this sort of behavior will only add fuel to the fire. But be sure you keep all of the threatening messages, pictures or texts that can be used as evidence.

Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we want our patients to feel safe and protected at home, school, and our office. We don’t just care about your child’s teeth; we also care about them as an individual.

For more information on how to keep your child safe, or to make an appointment at our office, please contact Lockett Orthodontics, located in Colorado Springs, CO!

Posted on Jun 28, 2016

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