HOW TO PREVENT
Some quick tips for prevention
- Be Polite
- Don’t post personal things
- Keep online communication limited
- Do not meet online strangers in person
- Secure Passwords
- Always Logout
- Do not spend much time on public platforms/groups
- Block irritants
- Make settings private
- Think before you post. Be careful about your words and images
- Do not use technology to vent your feelings
- Be sure about your friends online identity
How to respond to cyberbullying
If you are bullied – Remember it is not your fault. Talk to someone you trust.
Parents are the first and most important pillar of support to their children. Especially to the child who is struggling with cyberbullying or any kind of emotional distress. It is indeed very important for parents to keep the line of communication open & friendly with their children.
Cyberspace is very new and rapidly growing space. Anyone of us can fall prey to cybercrimes. Children being more experimental in nature are more likely to invite trouble. As a parent you need to understand and accept that it is human to make mistakes.
You cannot be satellite parent or a watch dog ALL THE TIME for your children in cyberspace. It is not possible. But you can certainly lessen the risk by sharing likely risks with your children. In case the worst happens, be in a position to be able to identify the abuse or effects as quickly as possible. Early intervention is always very helpful to reduce the trauma & effects of incidents.
Also the way that you react and deal with your childs’ abuse, can have an enormous impact upon their recovery. It is important you be an empathetic listener and stay calm. Children look to their parents to know what to do, and if they see you scared, this is likely to increase their fear and uncertainty also. Every victim believes/feels it’s also somewhere their fault and goes through major guilt. This is the time they want a parent who understands and assures them “EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. I AM WITH YOU”.
If you suspect – no matter how unsure you are – do not ignore. GET HELP! Don’t try to deal with this all by yourself or wrap it under the covers. Secrecy only exacerbates feelings of shame in your child. Of course, treat it with the sensitivity it deserves, but involve the expert’s right from the start.