How to Protect your Child from Cyber Bullies

How to Protect your Child from Cyber BulliesCyberbullying is a very serious problem that can affect children of any age who enjoy the internet and explore the online world. According to a study conducted in 2012, around 60% of children say that they have experienced some kind of cyberbullying. What’s more, today, as smartphones and internet connections become more accessible for younger children, it seems as though the threats of the worldwide web are becoming more significant than ever before.

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As a parent, there are a few things that you can do to help defend your child from the threat of cyber Bullies. Let’s take a look at just some of the options here.

1.    Speak to your Child

As a parent, it’s important to make sure that you and your child have an open and honest relationship whenever possible. Set aside a few minutes to talk about cyberbullying if you can, and let them know that you’re aware of the issue. Remind them that you’re happy to help if they feel as though they’re being targeted online, and most importantly, tell them that you’re not going to judge them, or be angry with them for coming to you with a problem.

2.    Get Involved

Try and pay attention to where your children hang out online. Find out what social networks they prefer to use, and create your own accounts on those platforms so that you can friend and follow your kids and check out what they’re doing. At the same time, be careful not to over-react if you see your kids engaging in some playful banter with friends from time to time.

3.    Set Limits

It seems that cyber bullying happens most often among children between the ages of 9 and 14. The more time that these children spend on the internet unsupervised, the greater their chances of being exposed to cyberbullying. To reduce your chances of a child that will be a victim, you might try to restrict the amount of time they spend online, or restrict their laptop usage so that they only go on the internet in rooms where you can see them.

4.    Trust your Child

Finally, although it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your children if possible, to reduce their chances of falling victim to cyber bullies, it’s also crucial to make sure that you’re not too over-bearing, or this could end up causing frustration in your child that makes them more likely to hide things from you. Be cautious, but don’t spend all of your time watching what your children are doing online!

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  • Thank you so much for sharing this! Cyberbullying is almost worse than physical bullying. The kids can’t get away from it!

  • Cyberbullying is such a scary thing. It’s getting so out of control! And my God, kids are killing themselves because of it. Thanks for this information.

  • Thank you so much for this! I’m bookmarking this post right now! Cyberbullying is a horrible worm that can get into a child’s life and ruin it from the inside out.

  • Catherine Sargent

    This is a great post. We always talked to our son about bullying and we kept track of who he talked to online and what they talked about.

  • It’s hard for me to agree with parents who let their children be connected to the internet often at a younger age. Too much their little minds don’t need to deal with right now.

  • Pam

    I have heard that cyber bullying is on the rise. These are great tips for dealing with it. I would have no idea what to do.

  • I am glad that my daughter trusts me enough to let me know when she or someone is being cyber bullied. Keeping open dialogue with them is super important. My daughter had a boy harassing her online earlier this year and she brought it to my attention immediately. After speaking to the bully’s mom (who was mortified her son was doing this!) we were able to put a stop to it immediately.

  • As parents today we have so much to think about and keep a watchful eye on. It’s not easy, especially as they get older and need/desire more freedom to be trusted. These are all great tips on how to protect your child from cyber bullies.

  • These are great tips and it’s so important to know what’s going on in your child’s life. I don’t envy parents who are raising children during the social age, it’s difficult

  • katrina gehman

    great advice. it’s so hard to stay away from. they are in person, and online. i try to teach my kids to respect others.

  • Jeanine

    These are all really great tips. I’m always up my kids business when they are online. Its a must the internet is a very dangerous place!

  • it’s a shame that we have to have a conversation like this. Kids should be able to surf in peace and safety, but it just doesn’t work that way. That is just too bad.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    It is so important to teach our kids about internet safety. Cyber bullies are a big problem these days. I want to make sure my kids are prepared to deal with them.

  • Angelic SInova

    Restricting the amount of time your children spends online is definitely a good way to help protect them from cyber bullying! Although the technology age has brought so many advancements and positivity, it’s also brought the rise of cyber hate/bully, which is just sad.

  • SO importnat that we trust our children to know to do the right thing when necessary

  • robin Rue

    My kids aren’t really old enough to be online yet, but this is definitely something I worry about for when they get older. Thanks for the great tips.

  • I think being open with them and learning about their online habits without being too imposing really helps. You can also give them some guidelines on what to do online.

  • These are all such great tips. My daughter will be starting middle school next year and I am always worried about bulling as she is on the Autism spectrum and is often seen as different by other kids. I will bookmark this for sure.

  • Bullying in any form is horrible. I hate that the internet makes kids so much more vulnerable to bullying. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  • Always have the computer in a room where adults are located. Check what they are looking up and set your filters. Can’t be to careful with the safety of our children

  • It’s sad that in this day and age, we need to be worried about cyber threats. You share great ideas on how to keep the kids safe– thanks for this info.

  • This is all great info on protecting your child from online bullying! I will have to pass this off to my mommy friends!!

  • Cyberbullying and bullying in general seems to be getting worse. Communication is key, particularly making sur the child understands not everyone is nice when they act nice.

  • I agree that we should always communicate with our kids especially when it comes to this matter. This is in order for us to know if there are problems they encounter so that we can advice and protect them.

  • I think getting involved truly helps the child feel very supported!

  • These are all great ways to protect kids from cyberbullies. Parents certainly have to be on their toes and I love how you talk about setting limits.

  • My Teen Guide

    It’s really important to communicate with your child to know their problems and also getting involved while your child exploring internet. These are very helpful tips, this should be spread..

  • Cyber bullying is not restricted to kids. Young adults and sometimes older adults are just as guilty. It is so important to be an advocate for anyone who is being bullied in person or on the internet.

  • Ali Rost

    What a timely post for parents! It’s incredible and sad how much cyber bullying happens .. and not just by children. It seems there are adults that could also be reminded of the same things.

  • I suppose I would rather be tough on my child by doing random checks on their phone rather than chance not knowing that something was going on. The internet is so scary these days!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are great tip for how to protect your child from cyber bullies. It is so important we teach our children as their parents about the dangers of social media. I do really believe that limiting use can also help too. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  • Social media and the internet is very dangerous for kids. I highly think parents should monitor their kids and also talk to their children about the usage and just talk to them in general to make sure there arent any issues they are hiding such as bullying. Be active with your children.

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