Cyberbullying is when a child or young person is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child or young person using the Internet or other technology such as gaming devices or mobile phones.
Some key points about cyberbullying:
- Children and young people cyberbully for many reasons including peer pressure, because it is funny, for revenge or as an ego boost.
- The worst possible outcome of cyberbullying is that the victim commits suicide.
- Help your children understand what is appropriate online behaviour, the consequences of cyberbullying and what to do if they or someone they know is being bullied
- If your child is being cyberbullied by someone from their school, this should be reported to the school who will be able to help.
The above is an exert from the e-Safety for Parents training course which as well as containing a module on cyberbullying also has modules on:
- e-Safety and the risks
- The Internet predator
- Inappropriate/illegal images
- Identity theft
- Pro-bulimia/anorexia and self-harming websites
- Social Networking – the risks
- Steps to keeping your children safe online
To learn more about the training course click here