Social media apps are increasingly popular amongst young children and adolescents, allowing them to communicate with each other and even strangers on the Internet. This can expose children and adolescents to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a form of humiliation, harassment, or any hurtful communication through the Internet or on cell phones via text messages or pictures.
This article details how parents can approach the topic of cyberbullying with their children to equip them with how to identify and protect themselves from potential danger while using electronic devices. Parents can also learn how to identify signs if their child is being cyberbullied and offer an active listening ear. To maintain children’s online safety, parents can help monitor device usage, encourage open and honest communication, and teach internet safety and etiquette to avoid potential dangers and consequences of online bullying.
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