Being involved in 4 award winning directories,people often take it for granted that I automatically know my way around computers and the problems which crop up now and again, unfortunately this is not the case.One such problem which has been getting a lot of publicity is cyber bullying and how it can be prevented. Although we cannot stop it we can try and prevent it, and to look out for the right signs to try and nip it in the bud. Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them. It has everyone worried. Not just the kids on its receiving end, but the parents, teachers and others who may not understand how extreme bullying can get. I hope this article will help those parents better understand the problem and maybe give them some tips and hints to help them
What is cyber bullying.
It can take the form of sending nasty,mean or threatening messages,emails,photos or video clips;putting up nasty posts or pictures on a message board,website or chat room, saying hurtful things or accessing someone’s accounts to make trouble ,young people are often fearful of telling others about being bullied because they fear that the bullying may actually become worse if they tell.
Here are a few points that should help you deal with a problem.
Encourage your kids to tell an adult if cyber bullying is occurring.
.Teens should keep cyber bullying messages as proof that the cyber bullying is occurring.
.Try blocking the person sending the messages. It may be necessary to get a new phone number or email address .
.Teens should never tell their password to anyone except a parent.
.Keep the computer in a shared space like the family room, and do not allow teens to have Internet access in their own rooms.
As a parent,you know your child better then anyone. You are best placed to know of any incidences of cyber bullying they might encounter. Children who have been bullied will have difficulty in overcoming this problem alone and will need encouragement in tackling it. We will never know why some people take to bullying, all we can do is protect our own and watch out for them at all times. If you would like to find out more about cyber bullying the NCTE and the National Parents Council have developed an Internet Safety seminar for parents.For more information about how to get a speaker to your school visit http://www.npc.ie.