Following my last blog on Net bullies that demystified the concept of cyber bullying, it’s time now to throw light on the probable effects and solutions to this menace.
To recap what cyber bullying constitutes, consider the case of teen singer Rebecca Black and the spiteful comments directed against her following the release of her video on You Tube. That is a classic example of cyberbullying.
A net bully victim is at the receiving end of malicious posts, hate mails, and scary messages. The aim of the cyber bully is to defame the victim, cause psychological breakdown, and ostracize him/her socially. These effects are serious and long lasting and the victim can become a loner, go into depression, and even start contemplating suicide. Just listen to the Mother of a victim speak here.
So what should you do if you see some or all of these signs in your child? Naturally, the most important thing is to be a friend to the frightened/depressed child and show lots of love. Try to win the child’s confidence and learn all you can of the matter. If you guess the bully to be a schoolmate, involve the school authorities, if feasible.
Other than that,
There is a reason why I keep harping on the blessings of having parental control features in the PC security software. Not only can you control what sites your child access, you can also block mails from strangers and keep track of chatroom activities. This can prove invaluable in identifying if the child is being bullied on the net and, in taking necessary actions.
Stay safe online!