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Blocking won’t stop cyberbullies

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Bullying and Abuse |

The world can be unkind to young people and most times, it is because of those around them. Combating cyberbullying, a prevalent problem, is more difficult than it appears. These bullies are no longer content with just harassing their victims behind a screen. A report shows that over 80 percent of bullied students also faced hostile behavior on school property.

If you suspect that your child is being bullied, it may not be enough to keep your kid off the internet or for them to block their tormentors.

Recognizing bullying is a challenge for many parents

Teenagers naturally seek independence and privacy, often becoming more secretive around their parents. With the rise of social media and smartphones, young people can lead lives largely hidden from adult supervision. For example, the creation of “finsta” accounts, also known as fake Instagram profiles, allows them to create and post content unseen by their parents.

This need for privacy may conceal the warning signs of bullying. The shocking truth is that 1 in 5 high school kids say they have been tormented on school property, while 1 in 6 say report being a victim of cyberbullying.

Moreover, modern bullies are able to use social media to inflict harm without leaving physical evidence. Tactics include spreading compromising images or videos, doxing or publishing private information) and impersonation to harass their targets.

Experiencing bullying during the formative years of adolescence may cause significant emotional pain and lasting mental health issues. Having a parent to lean on in times like this can make a difference.

Strategies to support your child through bullying

Due to fear of retaliation, victims and witnesses may be afraid to speak up. It’s imperative for adults, including teachers and parents, to take a more active role in monitoring the activities of kids both at school and online.

Bullies also tend to make their victims feel isolated as if no one is on their side. If you believe your child is being bullied, offering them your support and reassurance is critical. Empower them to develop a plan of action. This may involve engaging with the school administration or law enforcement.

While California currently has no cyberbullying laws, you may take legal measures if a bully’s actions pose a threat to your child’s safety. In dire situations, various resources are available to help you in protecting your child.