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Unfortunately, cyber bullying is something we’ve personally experienced, or know someone that has.
Bullying is nothing new, I’m sure you have been bullied yourself in school or know someone that was. We use the internet daily in our lives now to help with many things. Unfortunately, it’s also an easy way to bully someone. You can make a fake account to do so, and sadly that has happened way too often.
In today’s society teenagers are online via computers, tablets, and their cell phones they are glued to. While the internet is great for learning and staying in touch with friends/family it’s an another thing parents have to worry about.
Cyberbullying is not something only children experience. Unfortunately, adults suffer from this too. Hopefully, the following tips will help everyone. Aaron Minc has a great post about cyber attacking in a business sense.
#10 tips on how to help protect ourselves from cyber bullying. These are also good tips for internet usage in general.
1. Always be your true self.
It’s easy to try and act like something you are not when online. It’s called “screen warrior”. When you are behind a computer screen you can feel bolder than in person. Just remember, you are a real person with feelings behind your computer. The person you are typing to is a real person with feelings too.
2. Never give out personal information
This one is good for both adults and children. While you should be yourself online, be smart. It’s important to protect yourself from strangers. Never give out your name, address, school, phone number etc to people you don’t know.
3. Only accept a friend request from someone you know.
This goes with never giving out personal information. There are people that are hackers or are spambots. The spambots are designed to respond automatically when you answer them. It’s like a script. They will save any information you give them. As I mentioned earlier it’s also easy to make a fake account in order to bully a classmate online. If you only accept people you know, this will hopefully stop that.
4. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
This is the golden rule in life in general. This is even more important online, think before you type. Think about what you are typing, how would you feel if someone said this to you?
5. Know your child’s password
When my daughter started using the internet I made sure to know her passwords. She was not allowed to change them without my permission. She knew I could and would log into her account randomly to see what she is posting/messaging to friends.
6. Open communication with parents
Honest open communication with your child about what they see online. This helps to mold them into the type of adults you want them to be. You can discuss how they feel about something they saw online, and how they would handle it if it were them.
I couldn’t control what her friends said/did online but we could discuss what they were doing. This gave her the tools she needed to help if she found herself in that position.
7. Log out of open computers
This one is important for both children and adults alike. If you use a computer in a school lab, public library etc make sure you log out of every single website you logged into. It doesn’t matter what it is, log out!
8. Don’t open links from unknown source
This is another good reminder for both adults and kids. Just like accepting a friend request, or message from an unknown person: don’t open links. Links can be spam and have tracking in them to steal your personal information. They can also post things automatically from your account without you knowing!
Make sure you only post pictures that are G rated. How would you feel if someone in your family found the picture you posted? It’s tempting to post provocative photos to someone you like. Please don’t not just for a safety aspect, but for your own self-worth.
10. Report Cyberbullying
If you do experience cyber bullying or see it happening to someone else, report it. This is geared more towards the teenagers. Report it to the social media platform you see it on, a trusted teacher, and ALWAYS ALWAYS report it to a parent. Our parents and teachers are there to protect us and help us with any problems we have.