Cyberbullying has become an increasingly prominent issue in recent years, especially given the rise of social media and smartphones. Unfortunately, Claudio Cerullo notes that it is often difficult to detect when a child is being bullied online, as many of their web-based activities will be conducted without a parent overseeing them. However, there are still a number of methods you and your child can use to prevent cyberbullying.
Never Post Personal Information
While it can often be tempting for children to discuss the issues that are affecting them online with others, this can often serve to provide bullies with more fuel if they happen to find the information. Instead, encourage your child to discuss such issues with you and talk about the importance of not sharing personal information online.
Most social media sites now offer an array of privacy controls that you can use to prevent people from seeing the content you post unless you allow them to. It is important to learn how to use these effectively so that the content you post doesn’t get used against you.
Don’t Share Passwords or Stay Logged On
A lot of cyberbullying occurs when the bully gains access to the password of account of their victim, using this to abuse them or post untruthful information. Claudio Cerullo notes that children should be particularly careful about their password, not sharing it with anybody for any reason. They should also remember to log out of any account they sign into, regardless of what it is, when they have finished using the computer.
Originally published at claudiocerulloblog.wordpress.com.