As the internet and online social networks continue to grow, so does the phenomenon known as cyberbullying. Cyberbullying describes when a child or teenager is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology. Joe Robach knows that this type of bullying can have an extreme negative impact on a child’s education and overall wellbeing. Emotionally, cyberbullying can be very scarring, since it involves threats and humiliation.
There are some alarming statistics about cyber bullying, such as that 58% of kids report that someone has been hurtful or mean to them online as well as 21 percent of kids report that they’ve received threatening messages. Most alarming is that some recent studies have shown a strong correlation between bullying and suicide. Joe Robach believes that you can stop cyberbullying with proactive education. If you believe that your child may be a victim of cyber bullying, give them these useful tips:
- Tell someone about it. Find a trusted adult – either a parent or a teacher- and report the incident.
- Do not delete the bully’s messages. Save them somewhere on your computer or cell phone where they are easily accessible, should they need evidence of wrongdoing.
- Do not open messages from others that have sent you previous bullying messages. If you receive a message from someone you know that is cyberbullying, ignore it.
- Block cyberbullies who attack you during chats and other social media.
Never agree to see someone you met online in person, without talking to or bringing a trusted adult.
For more information about cyberbullying or other things that can impact a child’s education, contact Joe Robach’s office.