- Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
- More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
- Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
- Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs
If you have a teenage or preteen child, and / or in you are entertaining the thought of allowing your child access to the internet and cyber world please consider sitting down together and watching the ABC Family movie Cyberbully. This movie will help open the door to discuss the very real dangers of your child being 'online' and allow you to have an open conversation on what the guidelines and rules are within your household.
Personally, my 13 year old daughter has a laptop, and both my daughter and 12 year old son have an iTouch with internet capability. They do not have smart phones. We have set in place many strict rules, and both parents and kids know what those are. Unfortunately, just because you have set rules A) doesn't mean that they will always follow them and B) doesn't secure your kids from becoming victim to cyberbullying. We are parent's have to do overtime in monitoring what is sent via online, text and picture messaging, email, etc. It is ALOT of work and as much I don't want to say it, there are so many... too many parent's out there that DO NOT follow up with their kids cyber activities. I urge you to be proactive in protecting your child and guiding your child with the knowledge of what being online is all about.