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Safeguard your kids from cyber bullying

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How do you know if your child is being bullied online and what measures can you take to prevent it?

 

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Is your pre-teen a victim of cyber bullying?

Bullies have been around for a long time. You may have prepared your child to tackle bullies on the playground. But did you know your child may be a victim of bullying right under your nose, as he browses the internet?

When a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones, he may be a victim of cyber bullying.

Parents must look out for these signs to know if your child is being bullied online.

Observe your child’s behaviour
Has he become quieter or more withdrawn lately? Does he glance wearily at the computer or seem to quiver in fright whenever someone switches it on?

Avoids gatherings, social events & school activities
If you spot signs of your child refusing to attend gatherings or becomes sullen in social events, then this might be a silent cry for help. Do not shelve this as shyness.

Do you notice your child becoming frustrated after logging off?
What he is facing online can bring about frustration, moodiness and even aggression. Unable to deal with the situation as a victim, your child may be taking out his frustrations on his younger siblings, in order to be able to control actions and situations.

Slipping grades
This is possibly one of the most common signs when it comes to bullying, be it playground-bullying or cyber-bullying. Children often lose focus due to the insistent worrying that they are harbouring over the bully.

Check your child’s work or have a chat with his teacher to see how he’s been doing so far and if there has been any noticeable slip in his work.

Closing browsers & switching pages
Does your child immediately close the browser or switch to another page when you walk into the room? This may not be noticeable at first, so try to see if it occurs anytime someone walks in.

This can be a sign that your child is hiding something which can be anything from pornography to coming abuse, so this is definitely a sign to look out for.

So you’ve spotted the signs, now what? Continue reading for tips to prevent cyber bullying

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