As valuable as the internet can be in our lives, it can also be a dangerous place. The good news is that you don’t have to struggle with all the commonplace threats that might come about in the online world if you look at what you can do as a parent.
Having a conversation with your kids about cyberbulling can help them when online. Here are a few conversation points:
Flaming – Angry messages that continue over and over becoming more hurtful over time.
Harassment – constant hostile messaging
Denigration – spreading false information about someone or gossip that can ruin a person’s reputation or relationship
Impersonation – pretending to be someone else in order to sabatoge the targets reputation or friendship
Outing – sharing secret or sensitive private information about one’s personal life through photos or videos
Trickery – tricking others into sharing embarrassing details online
Exclusion – excluding others from group activities or making them feel unwanted at certain group gatherings or functions
Cyberstalking – when a person repeatedly harrases someone