The digital world offers everyone an abundance of learning opportunities, voice opinions, and a chance to connect with others. Unfortunately, not everyone uses these privileges for something positive. Instead, some use the internet to harass and bully others, which can cause a number of physical and psychological effects, including mental health issues, anxiety, depression and more.

What is Cyberbullying

This generation of children heavily use the internet and online apps. The more digital platforms they use, the more they are subjected to potential cyberbullies and the harmful effects that come with it. As parents and teachers, it is important for us to educate children on online etiquette and explain the possible threats associated with the virtual world. According to StopBullying.Gov, they define cyberbullying as:

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.

Children need guidance. In these early years, kids and teens are more vulnerable and prone to oversharing and peer influence. Don’t let your child become a statistic! Here are some overwhelming stats on cyberbullying that every parent should be aware of:

Tips for Parents

The digital world is always evolving, and chances are your child will use the newest app or device before you get a chance to – but that doesn’t mean you are unable to monitor them at all times. With onGuard digital safety monitoring platform, it detects content related to violence, self-harm, cyberbullying, and other threats, and sends alerts if potential risks are identified. To learn more about how you can keep your child or students safe, request a free demo with one of Netsweeper’s solution experts.

Pink Shirt Day

Today on February 22nd, we celebrate Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness about bullying. Bullying can affect everyone – victims, bullies, and bystanders. It can have lasting impacts that can severely affect not only a person’s wellbeing, but their development, relationships with others, and school performance. Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Wear pink and use the #PinkShirtDay and #PinkShirtPromise hashtags
  • Make a donation to CKNW Kid’s Fund
  • Create a fundraiser
  • Stay up to date and always celebrate diversity