Cyber-Bullying : The Internet is no joke

Cyber-Bullying : The Internet is no joke

Has your child been acting strange lately?
Are you noticing a lack of liveliness in your child?
Spending hours in their rooms; unwillingness to eat; looking offbeat most of the times.
 
Ring a bell?
 
Well you might perceive this as academic stress or an attitude problem but, it could be much more than that.
Over 80% of teens use cell phones regularly making them vulnerable to cyber bullying. 

The most common platform, is the social media, where most of the people share a-lot of experiences.

It includes sharing or preaching false, negative, dirty content and sometimes private information about someone.

People often commit this crime to cause humiliation, seek revenge or blackmail, but they rather end up degrading the lives of victims forever.

A global survey has shown that nearly 40% of the kids have been bullied online and surprisingly only 1 in 10 victims actually informed their parents about it.

70% of the kids report frequent bullying online.

58% kids admit that they have said mean and humiliating things to others online.

And yes, girls are twice as likely as boys to be a victim.

Most of the people think online bullying is easier to get away with than bullying in person.

Well, this is definitely not true.

Cyber bullying can cause a life-lasting damage,
mentally and physically.
Low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, isolation and in extreme cases, suicide.
Cyber bullying is more difficult to identify than physical bullying, as there is no physical harm done. There are mental wounds and they are even worse.

Kids are often reluctant to tell adults about bullying because they feel embarrassed and ashamed that it’s happening, or worry that their parents will be disappointed, upset, angry, or reactive.
Prevent Cyber-bullying NOW
1) If you notice your kid acting strange, not eating or     
    sleeping well, getting upset on small things, trying to     
    avoid situations, etc.,
    you might want to have a serious conversation with him  or her.
2) If he or she is reluctant to open up, start off by using     
    situations as a part of the conversation.
    Ask them whether the situations look familiar to bullying?
    Have any of those things happened with him or her?
3) If he or she admits to being bullied, hear them out calmly and offer comfort and support.
    Appreciate them for being brave enough to come out  and face the situation. 
4) Meet the bully, and have a peaceful discussion.
    If the bully doesn’t agree to a peaceful settlement,         
    then give a firm warning for possible legal action to the bully. 
    However, It is always better to sort out things as peacefully as possible.
There are several laws that have been enacted to curb this gruesome act, however it all depends on the preventive actions taken by both students and parents.
Even if anti-cyber-bullying laws are made, we as citizens need to help the law be implemented with full dedication. Otherwise, the laws will be useless without our action.
Isn’t it?
To prevent your child from becoming a bully,
make sure your child’s mind is at peace.
And if you find out your child is a bully,
then speak to them with firmness, yet with peace.
Skillovate has decided to take on the initiative, 
for the future and well being of your children, to delete cyber-bullying from our society once and for all. 
Skillovate has decided to take on the initiative, 
for the future and well being of your children, to delete cyber-bullying from our society once and for all. 

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