You must have heard an old saying ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me’. But this isn’t really relevant today. Both in real-world and online, name-calling can have serious emotional consequences for our kids and teens.
It’s not always easy to know how and when to step in as a parent. For starters, most kids use technology differently than we do. They’re online playing games interacting with strangers and talking on text messages. In fact, platforms like Snapchat do not even maintain a history of the messages or media exchanged, making any kind of abuse untraceable.
Cyberbullying refers to the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. As parents, it becomes your responsibility to ensure the safety of your child in such a situation. We’re here to help you understand what defense mechanisms you can use to practice healthy surveillance on children and their online activities.