Cyberbullying is a pressing matter; the highest levels of harassment are reported by those under the age of 35, which means this problem will continue to grow if we don’t act fast. This topic is extremely relevant in a world where privacy is dead. As a father of two girls, this issue is very personal. It’s important that we as leaders and parents address this and help our children. For parents I list below 14 tips you should give to your children today.
- Do not communicate with cyberbullies.
- Notify the abuser’s online service.
- Search online to ensure there are no photos or compromising personal information, which could be used against you.
- Think twice before posting anything that could hurt someone’s reputation.
- Do not put anything online that other people might find offensive.
- Encourage your children to seek help from an adult whenever they feel
- Never share your password.
- Log off all online accounts, especially accounts on public computers.
- Set your privacy settings.
- If you witness bullying, tell the offender to stop
- Activities that are illegal offline are often illegal online.
- When you witness bullying and choose to ignore that behavior, your silence implies acceptance. Be an “upstander,” not a bystander.
- Do not send messages when you are angry.
- Do not be a cyberbully. Model appropriate behavior.
Wether you’ve experienced this firsthand or know someone who has it’s up to each of us to help change the conversation. These tips will help protect you and the ones you love. #PostItForward and be a force for good.