In today’s digital era, most teens spend majority of their waking hours on their smartphones. Many of them spend about 6 to 9 hours a day on social media.
Cyberbullying is on the rise. With high online activity, majority of teens have either witnessed or have been a victim of cyberbullying. Many of them got mean or hurtful comments, had rumors spread about them or have been threatened online.
Signs your child is being bullied
Most teens are embarrassed to admit that they are being bullied. They don’t like talking about such incidents. This is why most parents don’t have an idea that their child is being bulling. The good news is that there are some signs that may point to a bullying problem. It is important to keep your eyes peeled for these warning signs.
Here are some signs that could signal that your child fallen victim to a cyberbully.
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Walking away from the computer mid-use
- Unexplained anger, depression or mood change after going online
- Unwilling to share information about online activity
- Seems uneasy about going to school
- Appears nervous when receiving an email, IM or text messages
It is imperative that you talk to your child about cyberbullying if you notice any of the signs listed above or if he show any signs that is different from his usual behavior.
Talk to your child up front
Parents will naturally get angry, upset or anxious after finding out that their child is being bullied. Try to initiate a conversation with your child. Make sure, though, that you do it in such a way that they would feel your unconditional love and support.
Support your teen by assuring him that what’s happening is wrong. Let your teen know that there is nothing to be ashamed of about being cyberbullied. Try to approach subject gently, but firmly. Also, encourage him to talk about cyberbullying and listen to what he has to say about this subject. Assure him that you will keep all conversations private and that you will be there for him no matter what happens.