Everything You Need to Know about Cyberbullying


If by using a monitoring app you discovered that your child is being bullied, you need to seek support to do something to stop it. But before you do so, it’s important that you first know the basic facts about cyberbullying so that you will know what to do and where to go for help.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a type of bullying that happens through the use of technology. If, for instance, a mobile phone, camera, or the Internet is used to embarrass or hurt someone, this can be considered cyberbullying. This type of bullying can be hurtful and damaging because it can be shared quickly with a lot of people.

What exactly happens with cyberbullying?

●        A number of people can take part in it

●        It’s typically done in secret. The bully tries to hide who he or she is by using fake names or profiles, and sending anonymous messages.

●        It is almost impossible to remove because it is shared online, which means that whatever is shared online can be recorded or saved by anyone.

●        The person being bullied will find it hard to escape it especially if they are always online.

●        The content, which often include videos, photos, and text messages, can be passed on to a number of people.

How might a victim of cyberbullying feel?

●        Guilty that it’s their fault

●        Hopeless that they may not get out of the situation

●        Alone and helpless

●        Rejected and not deserving to belong to a group

●        Depressed for being not accepted by other people

●        Afraid and unsafe

●        Confused about why it is happening to them

●        Ashamed that they are being disliked or hated

How to be safe from cyberbullies?

Parents play a very important role in keeping young people safe from cyberbullies. If you’re using an app to monitor your child’s phone and you see signs that he or she is being bullied, you need to talk to your child. These are the things you should advise him or her:

●        Avoid sharing private information such as name, address, phone numbers, and passwords especially to people they hardly know.

●        Do not respond to any messages when they’re hurt or angry as this will only encourage bullies to keep harassing them.

●        Remember that they can always block, delete and report those who are harassing them on their cell phone or online.

●        Always keep a record of messages, calls, emails, or posts that are harmful or hurtful to them (which can easily be done by parents using software to monitor messages).

Parents need to be proactive when it comes to protecting their children from this kind of bullying. That’s why it’s a good idea to use apps like Auto Forwad to monitorings oftware on their children’s cell phones.

Author: Laura Burke

I am a parenting expert and writer who want to help parents know the do's and dont's of raising children.