How Can I Stop Bullying on Social Networks?

Published on May 21, 2012

Most parents want to ensure that children will be safe online from Bullies and other Internet Dangers. In order to address the question, How can I stop bullying?, we must look first at some real facts about cyber bullying and the realities surrounding the social network it happens on most – Facebook.
 

What is Cyberbullying? 

Cyber Bullying is when a person is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or targeted by another using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones.

Last year alone, Consumer Reports shows that more than one million children were harassed, threatened or subject to other forms of abuse on Facebook in 2011. This is nearly 60% of kids or 1 out of every 3 children who use the social network!

The statistics are alarming, yet only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about Internet dangers such as cyberbullying (according to the Pew Internet and American Life Survey, 2011).

It’s obvious the problem is real. So let’s get to the nitty gritty details of how to be safe online and answer the question at hand with regard to social networks.
 

How Can I stop Bullying?

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  1. Keep a record of the activity. Be sure to record the time and date of each incident as you will need to provide this to law enforcement in order to catch the creeps.
     
  2. Tell Someone.  One of the biggest reasons bullies get away with it is that kids don’t tell anyone. Encourage kids to talk to someone they trust, whether it be a parent, friend, sibling, school counselor or teacher.
     
  3. Contact your phone or Internet Service Provider.  If you report what is happening, they can help you combat Internet dangers such as Cyberbullying by blocking messages or calls from certain senders.
     
  4. Don't Respond to Cyberbullies.  All Bullies share one thing in common. Something hurts them so much on the inside they have to hurt someone else in order to feel good.  If you don’t respond to their antics, they won’t get what they want. So don’t give them a reaction by responding and they won't get what they want. 
     
  5. Threats or Serious Harrassment. If messages indicate serious threats then do not hesitate to contact the police right away. Remember, If Cyberbullying is threatening, it is illegal.
     
  6. Change your Contact Information. Get a new user name for Facebook, change your e-mail account, or change your mobile phone number.
     
  7. Online Privacy is Golden.  This cannot be stressed enough. Keep your username and passwords Private. Make sure personal information is kept private so it doesn't fall into the hands of someone who'll misuse it. 

Lastly, in order to truly be safe online and prevent internet dangers such as cyberbullying, it is important that you understand the laws. For a comprehensive list of bullying laws by state, Go Here.

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