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Signs that Your Kid is being Bullied Online

Warning signs of online bullying and what to do about it

There is no denying that cyber bullying is a huge issue with kids today. Young people often zero in on other young people and use the internet to harass, embarrass or threaten them. This type of bullying is similar to bullying in real life but it has a worldwide audience and can be even more damaging.

Since teenagers spend a lot of time on the internet, the bullying they experience online has become a major problem. Bullying is now taken very seriously by mental health advocates and psychologists. There are now advocates for mental health who take an active role in dealing with it.

Why do kids bully

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Online bullying is widespread today and parents should learn how to detect it

Studies show that at least 1 in 2 kids are subjected to online bullying. Some kids find it easier to bully others through this way because they don’t have to face their victims in person. It removes the emotional aspect from their wrongdoing.

Why do kids bully? There could be a variety of reasons like they are being bullied themselves, they suffer from low self-esteem, or they are having a tough time at home.

No matter what the reason, the behavior is unacceptable and can be harmful. School psychologists strive to understand the behabior of bullying and the effects it has on mental health.

Online bullying can be devastating

If your child is being bullied and does not confide in you, the results could be devastating. Even if your kids aren’t talking to you about being bullied, there are some warning signs that may occur.

  • If you normally had a happy, outgoing child and they suddenly start to become withdrawn it could be a sign that something is going on with them.
  • If they are avoiding social outings and don’t want to go to school, it could be concerning.
  • Feelings of frustration, anger, worry, sadness or depression could also mean that something is going on.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that they are being bullied but they are definitely warning signs to look out for and question.

Mobile tracking apps

All those warning signs could point to online bullying. If you see these signs, try talking to your kids. Have an open line of communication so that they know they can come to you to talk about their problems. If they don’t come to you and tell you why their behavior is changing, you may have to take matters into your own hands. You can find software and mobile tracking apps that may help parents to track their kids’ text messages and cell phone usage to find out exactly what’s going on.

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If you have suspicion your child is being bullied online, mobile tracking apps can help you.  (Image by: Freeimages.com)

By monitoring your kid’s text messages, social media and emails, you can tell definitively if they are being bullied online or if there is something else that is going on in their lives that you should be concerned about. Cyber bullying is more prevalent than you think.

According to the i-SAFE Foundation, over half of kids and teens have been bullied online. Strangely enough, the same amount has participated in bullying as well. Over half of the kids that are being bullied don’t tell their parents about it.

Bullying victims can harm themselves

As parents, it’s up to you to see if your child is being bullied online. Bullying victims can suffer from low self-esteem, depression and can even try to harm themselves or others. Keeping your kids from not becoming a statistic should be your top priority.

Online bullying has been increasingly boasting into the focus of worldwide public since dangerously increasing number of cases of teenagers committing suicides as a result of enormous mental pressure that was first triggered by online bullying.

We all remember the case of Rebecca Sedwick, a Florida teenage girl who committed a suicide after being repetitively bullied by her peers via social media. The cases of online bullying with fatal epilogue are popping out every once and then. It is in parents’ hands to monitor their kids’ activity to timely recognize their child is being harassed in digital environment.

Naturally, not all the kids are being bullied, parents who monitor their child’s activity might recognize the offender in their own child and raise the alarm while the things have not gone too far.

Technology brings positive prospects in all the living aspects but we should still pay extra attention to the possible drawbacks.

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