How To Protect Your Teen Against Online Bullying
Talk To Your TeenTalking to a teen about bullying and online activity can be challenging because they view their lives online as they do their lives offline; private. Without inquiring or investigating, open a dialogue of curiosity about their experiences online. What do they do with their time on the internet? Who are they communicating with, what do they like to explore? Have they or any of their friends ever encountered online bullying?
Turn To AppsApps like Freedom can register multiple devices and create specific blocklists to designate hours of the day where internet use is limited. From just a few minutes on social media, to hours without their smart devices being able to connect to the internet through any app, these monitoring apps can help you shut their access down a few hours of the day. Other apps include internet monitoring where you can gain some insight into where your child is spending the most time on their phone. Some more strict apps can temporarily strip the phone down to bare necessity apps, only able to be undone by you, the parent.
Get The School InvolvedSchools are just starting to learn how to navigate online bullying and create on-campus consequences. If you believe your child is being bullied online, especially if you have proof, it is critical to bring it to the school’s attention and get other parents involved. Online bullying can cause mental health distress which might lead to substance abuse or other problems.
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