Last night ABC family premiered Cyberbully at 8, with an encore presentation at 10. Although it didn’t paint the most accurate picture of cyber and schoolyard bullying, it did what it was supposed to. I think that anyone with kids who are in elementary, middle, and high school should watch this with them. It’s a great learning tool, entertainment, and opens up the door for further discussion. Here’s some things you may want to address with your kids about cyber bullying and bullying in general.
What You Post Online Isn’t Private: Contrary to popular belief, there is no privacy on the internet. Why do you think that the ads that pop are specifically tailored to things you’ve searched or clicked on? What you post online can be traced and seen by hundreds,maybe even thousands of people worldwide. If you don’t want anyone to see pictures of you drunk and falling over or naked pictures, don’t post them. Whenever you post something negative about another person or something that you shouldn’t, people can see it. Even if you delete it, it can still be traced back to you.
People Are Going To Talk About You: Whether you are online or offline, there’s always going to be someone to talk bad about you. Although what they say can be malicious and hurtful, you shouldn’t take it personally or let if affect you. There are always going to be people who don’t like the way you dress, the way you look, who you hang out with, what you say, what you do. But that doesn’t change who and what you are. A great person.
Don’t Let ANYONE Have Your Password: No matter how close you are to someone, don’t let ANYONE have your passwords. Even if you think that someone wouldn’t hurt you or betray you, they could always log into your account to spy or take over your account.
Block and Delete Those Who Are Being Malicious: If someone is constantly being mean to you online, delete their comments and block them from being able to contact you. This way, they won’t be able to keep attacking you. You could also disable certain people from commenting on your profile, statues, or comments.
Make Your Profile Private: If your page is on private, only friends can see what you post online. If your friends are being abusive you can block them so they won’t be able to see either. The less people are able to see and post online, the less they will be able to attack you with.
Don’t Add Anyone You Don’t Know: If you don’t know someone in real life, you shouldn’t add him or her online. It may be a fake profile a bully at school made. It made a fake profile your “friend” made. It may be a pervert, a stalker or a psychopath. You never know. Th best way to avoid getting hurt or having unnecessary drama in your life to not welcome it in all together.
Talk To Someone You Trust: If you can’t handle what’s going on, tell someone you trust about it. He or she may be able to help put a stop to it.