Nowadays, a big chunk of our social interactions happen without people meeting face-to-face. While the scope of our interactions become immeasurably vast, the anonymity of it makes it easier for unscrupulous people to harass, threaten, and humiliate others through texting, social media, e-mail, and IM. In other words: cyberbullying. Yes, cyberbullying is, by definition, targeted at kids and teenagers, but the fact is, everybody is affected by this kind of behavior.
So, if you happen to know a child who is the victim of cyberbullies, here’s a few basic tips you could probably share…
Save the evidence of cyberbullying instances, such as text messages or a screenshots of web pages; then report it to parents or teachers.
Don’t respond to bullies. It’s the victim’s reaction that the bully wants, so don’t give it to them.
Don’t retaliate as it simply keeps the cycle of aggression alive.
Never share private information (such as full name, address, school name, parent’s name, credit card number, phone number, and so on) online.
Parents need to be pro-active by, for example, teaching their kids not to blame themselves when people taunt them online, and to report cyberbullies.
Still, cyberbullying is a complex issue; so for more details on this phenomenon and what you can do, you can visit support groups and websites such as StopCyberbullying.org and CyberBullying.org.