How Kids and Parents Can Handle Cyberbullying
*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase using the links.In the last blog we discussed cyberbullying and its impact on children. Today we will learn how to handle it. Let’s get started! How to deal with it Do not respond. If you respond, the bully will believe they have succeeded in upsetting you. They most likely will keep attacking you. Keep records. Take a screenshot or pictures of what is on your screen. Print messages that you receive online as evidence. Ask for help. Tell someone you trust like a family member, a teacher, or friend. It is important to get support from someone who cares for you. Be mindful of what you put online. Everything you post or write online can be seen by others. It could be online forever. Someone could use your content against you in the future. Never share your passwords with anyone other than your parents. Share your email address and personal information with only people you trust. Use privacy settings and blocking features to keep unwanted guests from seeing your content. If you don’t know how to use these settings ask an adult, do an Internet search, or contact your school’s technology specialist. Use the law. Many cities and states have laws about online bullying. Many laws include the following…
- A description of cyberbullying behaviors
- Instructions for reporting and investigating cyberbullying
- Consequences for those caught cyberbullying
Cyberbullying and Its Impact on Kids
*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase using the links.I often ponder over issues kids are facing today and cyberbullying appears frequently in my mind. This problem is seen on the news, online, and discussed amongst our youth. I decided to research the topic and found a book, Digital Safety Smarts. Preventing Cyberbullying by Mary Lindeen, which contains an abundance of information. Below are some tips I gathered from this informative book. What is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is any bullying that happens online. An example is making insulting remarks to another’s email address or social media page. One can also bully by sending a virus to attack a computer. These types of acts can cause kids to become upset, embarrassed, and afraid to go online. Other ways kids may experience cyberbullying is to be blocked from an online group. Someone may try to get a child in trouble for something they did not do. Another form of cyberbullying is spreading online rumors about others. This problem affects kids of various interests and backgrounds. Reasons for Cyberbullying There are many reasons cyberbullying happens. The person involved in the activity thinks their victim deserves it and wants to teach that person a lesson. Cyberbullying can make a powerless child feel powerful because they control others through technology. Peer pressure may encourage kids to tease others in order to be accepted within a group. Some kids are jokesters and may not realize they are hurting others with their comments. Why is this important? Kids who are being cyberbullied have difficulty focusing in school. Their grades may go down or they may drop out of school. My former co-worker’s brother committed suicide because of cyberbullying. Some victims may become depressed. They don’t trust others and become lonely. Eating and sleeping can become a challenge. It is common for kids to turn to alcohol or drugs to mask their sadness and hopelessness. There are many ways to deal with and prevent cyberbullying. Next week we will discuss some of these tactics. Stay tuned! OUR KID FRIENDLY FAST & FUN STUDY TRICKS FOR BETTER GRADES: 9 FUN STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN LEARNING AND SCHOOL HAS $29 OFF THE ORIGINAL PRICE. Our books are available on Amazon, “Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play,” “Fun Easy Ways to Teach Your Toddler to Write, and “Teach Your Child About Money Through Play.” THE TEACH YOUR TODDLER TO READ THROUGH PLAY ONLINE COURSE HAS A $97 DISCOUNT. Click here for the PAYMENT PLAN OPTION! Get the password for the library with Tips and Tools for Accelerated and Fun Learning for kids by completing this form. Once you press the SUBSCRIBE button, we will send you an email with the password. Then go to SOY Resource Library and enter the password.
What your Toddlers/Preschoolers Should Know in Case they are Lost
Recently I was talking with another mom about preventing our toddlers/preschoolers from getting lost in crowded places. As parents, we like to take our children to festivals, museums, aquariums, amusement parks etc. These places have many people in close proximity of one another and children are at a greater risk of getting lost.
The other mom and I discussed strategies we’ve seen other parents use such as keeping the child in the stroller or using the child leash backpacks. I shared what has worked for me in the past thus far.
Below is a video with the Safety tips mentioned in this blog post.
Name Tag Stickers
I write, with a sharpie marker, “If lost, please call my mommy’s cell phone at…” on a name tag sticker. Then I place the name tag sticker on my son’s back so he won’t take it off.
Some parents make this permanent by writing their phone numbers inside the child’s shoe or shoe string.
Teaching Children Phone numbers
My son also knows the home address and our individual (my husband and I) cell phone numbers. I taught him this information by creating catchy songs and chants. We sing and shout the songs/chants around the house so it is engrained in his brain. I have also written this information on the dry erase board hanging near our dining table. By viewing this information every day, my son can internalize it subconsciously.
Teach Your Child Your Birth Name
If your child is lost, it will be difficult to distinguish his/her voice if multiple children are shouting “Mommy!” Therefore, my husband and I ensured our son knows our birth names. He finds it fascinating that we have names other than mommy and daddy. He also knows how to spell our names just in case someone can’t understand him. Again, we taught him this through songs, repetition, and writing it on our dry erase board.
Child ID Card
Another strategy is to have an ID card made for your child. My son received his first ID card at 2 years old at a festival. The County Sherriff office had a booth set up where they made Child ID cards instantly. The cards contained the child’s age, photo, thumbprint, weight, date of birth, race, gender, hair and eye color, and issue date. On the back, it gives tips on what to do if your child is lost.
The Sheriff Office recommends the card be updated yearly for children two and over. For children two and under, the card should be updated every six months due to changes in appearance as they grow.
If your child is lost, the ID card provides documentation containing the child’s information, arming law enforcement with facts to immediately start a search.
Call your local Sherriff Office to inquire about Child ID cards.
Teach your Child what to do and Role Pay
Let’s not forget the old fashion way of looking your child in the eye and firmly giving them direction. This includes telling the child to…
- Walk beside mommy and daddy
- Hold your hand in crowded places
- Once you arrive somewhere, identify staff who can help your child
- Identify something distinct about the staff such as…
- Similar color uniform
- Name tag
- Once you’ve taught your child what to do, role play with them!
- Identify something distinct about the staff such as…
Tell us your tips in the comments!
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Be safe and have fun!
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