1 in 3 kids say they have been a victim of cyberbullying. That is a staggering statistic. If that 1 in 3 is not your child already, likely, it could be your child at some point. Unfortunately, children will not always feel able to voice their hurt to their parents for many reasons.
Anonymity plays a large factor in kids getting online with virtually no consequences and typing anything they wish, even if it hurts others. The destruction that cyberbullying produces cannot be undone. It engulfs children with emotional damage, wreaking havoc on their self-confidence and self-esteem and at times, even affecting their physical safety.
If you are made aware of a cyberbullying situation, know that there are steps you can take to put an end to it:
- Do not engage with the bully, no matter how tempting it may be.
- Block the bully on as many platforms as possible.
- Save all bullying e-mails and messages. Take screenshots of comments if needed.
- Change contact information if ultimately necessary.
Know that you are not alone in your efforts to stop cyberbullying. End to Cyberbullying is here to raise awareness and provide information.