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Cyberbullying: Is it Happening To Your Child?

July 6, 2012

child bullyOne of the most important tools right now in order to access information is a computer. Although in these present times, a tablet or a mobile phone have also evolved and they could also provide internet access like a computer. The great thing when you have these tools is that internet access is always within your reach and communication will never be a problem. But sometimes what is intended for good, is used for otherwise.

There are so many great things that have been realized because of the World Wide Web. Many businesses came to be, and information can be handed down with just a few clicks of a button. Social networks have blossomed because of the internet and people from any part of the world can share information via these vessels online. The problem is that others use these venues to spread false information, use it for scams, solicitation, news that are not backed by any reliable source or evidence, spread rumors, and cyberbullying.

When a person or group uses the internet and others tools related to it to harm someone in a hostile, deliberate, and repeated manner, then it is known as cyberbullying. This problem has become very common among young people. This is why for parents, it is very important that to take harsher measures in monitoring children when they are using the computer or the internet. There are a lot of signs that will help you determine if your child is experiencing cyberbullying or is being a culprit of one.

The interest of any child in using the internet, the number of hours they are engaged online, and their behavior are among the key elements in determining cyberbullying. It is vital that parents know how to detect if their child is being bullied online or is cyberbullying other internet users. If your child is a victim of cyberbullyin,g he or she might suddenly lose interest in using the computer or engaging online. Unlike before that they are so anxious to go online or the use of any technology related to it.

Another thing to observe is that their lost of interest when it comes to going to school or their social activities then there just might be a problem. Especially, if these signs appear spontaneously with behavioral signs of being frustrated, depressed, and angry after using the internet. One will notice that they seem to avoid when you want to discuss what it is that they are doing online and they had become withdrawn from other people.

So, is your child a victim or a culprit of cyberbullying? It’s strongly recommended that you watch out for it because it is something that can literally change your child’s life.

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About the Author:

Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME’s. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development. Christopher is the CEO of internetSOS - A project to help people learn how to protect themselves online.

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