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Spotting Signs of Cyberbullying on Your Children

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Dr. Renato Berger, chief medical office at All Better Pediatric Group, advises that bullying, specifically virtual bullying and cyberbullying, has been on the rise for more than ten years. It is difficult to combat because kids don’t want to rat out their friends, Online abuse is easily erased and many schools are not aware of the right strategies to assist victims and root out perpetrators. Cyberbullying is challenging to understand and very upsetting to budding generations; it is up to school authorities and parents to minimize issues on social media.

A young person’s mental health could be more negatively impacted depending on how the situation is handled by guardians and school officials. As more people establish virtual lives, the Internet has become ripe stomping grounds for bullies, haters, and low-life’s. They are faceless. They are often harder to trace and stop then bullies who do their dirty work in-person. Online or not, the dismal effects of bullying are no less significant, damaging children’s confidence and sending them into a downward spiral of discontent and despair. Cyberbullying is an epidemic affecting the minds of millions of children across the world.

Your child may be a victim of Online bullying if he or she doesn’t want to attend school, extra-curricular activities, etc.; if he or she becomes upset after using the computer or checking social media; if he or she seems sadder, withdrawn or moodier than usual; and if he or she avoids questions about what’s going on. Children who bully may show similar signs, as well as unusual or extended computer activity, quickly switching screens when you walk in the room, or multiple usernames parents don’t recognize.

Online abuse shouldn’t ruin your child’s life. The Internet is a safe space for all to enjoy. Don’t allow unfettered computer access to damage your child’s sense of self.

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