Suspecting Your Child Is Being Cyberbullied

Cyberbullying is the use of technology (social media, email, text messaging etc..) to pester, undermine, humiliate, or target someone else – which typically happens to the youth. When an adult is cyberbullied, it might include digital badgering or cyberstalking, a crime that can have lawful outcomes and include prison time. Cyberbullying can also happen coincidentally. The indifferent idea of text messages, DMs, and social media posts makes it exceptionally difficult to identify the sender’s tone — one individual’s joke could be another’s harmful affront. However, a rehashed pattern of messages, emails, and online posts is rarely unplanned. Since numerous children are hesitant to report being bullied, some parents find it difficult to notice when their children are being cyberbullied. Be that as it may, ongoing studies on cyberbullying reveal that around 1 out of 4 teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying, and around 1 out of 6 confess to having…

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Back-2-School: Addressing Cyberbullying at School

Cyberbullying has become a significant issue as Juniors and Seniors are becoming progressively reliant on technology for both educational and social use. Many suggestions to combat cyberbullying are out there, but because of the complexity of this issue there will never be one size fits approach to cyberbullying. Although the subject of cyberbullying is still a taboo subject for some, many just choose to ignore it.  It is important that our schools address this matter so that pupils can have an idea of how they can protect themselves from becoming victims. The answer isn’t forbidding technology, say experts, so much as teaching kids right from wrong. As an Educator, you can be a powerful force in promoting a climate of respect. Educate yourself and be on the lookout for signs that cyberbullying is taking place, because you may be the trusted adult a student turns to for help. We need…

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Holidays and the Internet

Summer school holidays in South African are upon us and this means extended leisure time for all school learners. During school holidays, some children are left home alone while parents are out working. In these instances, it becomes very hard for parents to keep an eye on their children; the amount of time they spend in front of television, and/or time spent on their mobile phones and computers.  As much as the internet can be very informative and entertaining, it can also be very harmful, especially to children. Nowadays, children face extreme pressure to be online and with many children being victims of cyberbullying, naturally parents want to try and protect them as much as possible. Cyberbullying can be detrimental to a child’s emotional and mental health. Most children go from being very social individuals to having withdrawal symptoms from their family and friends. If you are a working parent,…

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