If there’s one thing I truly enjoy, it’s motherhood. I just being a mom to my two kids. I never thought that family life could change me like this. Every second I spend with my kids is precious.
But of course, as a mother, I have my own worries and anxieties about my kids. One of which is cyber bullying. I know my kids are still pretty young to go online. Nonetheless, I am worried because by the time they are able to go online, the internet would be more advanced than it is for us today.
A Frightening Thought
When I was younger, bullying was just something that happened in school. A bunch of cool kids ganging up on an outcast was some kind of a regular thing in school. We all remember Molly Ringwald getting bullied by James Spader in Pretty In Pink but that ended well. My point is, bullying in my days weren’t so alarming. Most of the time, it only took place in school. But it’s different now and I fear for my kids.
With the onset of the internet, bullying has found its way online. Cyber bullying is now one of the scariest things that can happen to a child. The frightening part is that cyber bullying is just so rampant these days.
“More than half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online? So that means the chances are way too high that your teen is either being bullied or doing the bullying.”
Now, that’s a scary thought.
It’s Easier Online
The internet has made a lot of things very convenient for us. Thanks to the internet, we can bank, learn, hire services, and even shop online.
But unfortunately, the internet has also made cyber bullying very easy for the kids.
“It’s easier to type something out and be mean about it …”
For me, this is the downside of the social media. Clearly, the various social networks are easy means for kids to bully other kids online.
What’s A Mom To Do?
It really all boils down to how we can protect our kids from this kind of crime. What can we do to prevent cyber bullying?
“The biggest thing that we need to really focus in on is education, communication. If we educate the kids … there’s security concerns..there’s some other issues too…the big things are making sure that you’re telling your kids, talking to your kids about the dangers of social media …”
I definitely agree that I need to communicate with my kids about the dangers that surround them. Sad to these, the dangers that used to lurk us outside our homes are now in our homes.
“Stranger danger has always been something you teach your kids, But today, you should literally be, as a parent, be involved in making sure that they know that they’re not allowed to accept any connection request that are not known to them … and then communicating and letting them know that they can come to you and be a resource because fifty percent of kids don’t tell their parents that they’re being bullied.”
Hoping For A Better Future Online
Amidst my worry and anxiety about cyber bullying, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be better for my kids in a couple of years. With the massive awareness on cyber bullying, hopefully, we will have enough knowledge and tools to protect our kids from this horrifying crime called cyber bullying.