Internet use has exploded. The majority of our interactions are online now and have been since the start of lockdown. Leaving our most vulnerable population open to negative influences and even bullying. So how do we protect our children online?
The internet is too open and needs policing a LOT more. Children are accessing images and stories that they don’t have the emotional strength to handle. Adults with Mental Health Issues are embracing information that in some cases is sending them deeper into a downward spiral. How do we guard ourselves
Are you watching what your children are posting/viewing online? Are you watching what YOU are posting online? Is it necessary? Is it kind? What image are you portraying to the world? I’ve really been thinking a lot about what the messages some people (especially celebrities) are teaching our children.
Seeing all of this has me so concerned. And the latest? Young girls performing acts through cash apps like Onlyfans and their parents have NO IDEA! The things that my girls are telling me shake me to the core. So this is important to me… Not just because I am always online, but because I am a mummy, I work in the media and I see worrying images and conversations on the internet ALL THE TIME.
Yes we monitor our kids devices, but the internet is EVERYWHERE!
When we’re talking Internet Safety, we need to be realistic. The images of these “popular” women being naked and being famous for pretty much no reason WILL get to your children, one way or another. Images on Instagram of women being scantily clad have somehow become the standard of beauty.
It’s at this point that we as parents, need to take the reins and have the uncomfortable talks with our girls and boys. So that our sons don’t objectify women and end up being
Bullying has been around since forever, but the bully’s reach or targets were once limited to “in person”.
Perhaps you were the kid at school who was pushed around. Grown-ups in your life probably told you to just ‘deal with it’ or ‘don’t be a pushover’, or even ‘if you don’t beat them, you’ll get a beating when you come home’ – remember that one? However, you did have one thing going for you… the bully wasn’t in your home, too.
Now that a large part of our lives
How to deal with a cyber bully or how to protect your KIDS from an online bully…
Do Not Respond
The first step is to stop responding to the cyber bully. Do not reply to emails, posts, IM’s or text messages. This is what the bully wants. They want you to engage with them. They want to manipulate you into responding. If you respond in any way that is emotional or lets them know that they are getting to you and are able to make you upset, it only encourages the cyber bully.
Don’t Delete Information
Of course, you shouldn’t respond to the cyber bully online (or offline) don’t get rid of their messages. That’s right, do NOT delete their messages. Also try to save as much information you can about chats, IM’s, text messages, blog posts, websites, etc.
This will show just how often the cyber bullying takes place, at what times and from where. Every computer, server and device connected over the (TCP/IP) network has a unique IP (Internet Protocol) address. Police along with the cyber bully’s ISP (Internet Service Provider) can use this information to trace the bully right to their house.
Report the bullying to your Internet Provider, Police and Schools
You need to let appropriate authorities know about the cyber bullying or they cannot take corrective action. Cyber bullying is not something you want to ignore. It is your responsibility to report this behavior so the perpetrators can be dealt with.