Both at home and in schools, cybersecurity education should be taught. When I refer to “cybersecurity education,” I don’t just mean giving advice on how to use antivirus software or set up a password manager to protect your logins. It is crucial to teach people the fundamentals of online security. However, I believe a quick scan of the conversation on the main English-speaking social media platforms demonstrates the need for education on cyberbullying and the range of actions that constitute online abuse.

Children can not be aware when they are bullying someone. McAfee’s Global Connected Family Study (Opens in a new window) claims that youngsters are frequently the targets of cyberbullying online. Many of the respondents—nearly a quarter—some as young as ten—said they have experienced racist online abuse. Every fifth child in the US experiences sexual harassment online.

Many of us were taught to be cautious while interacting online with “stranger danger” in mind, but these poll findings reveal that more than half of respondents reported experiencing cyberbullying from someone they knew. To make matters worse, it’s frequently unclear who is bullying whom. Less than one in five kids admit having engaged in cyberbullying, which doesn’t quite match the prevalence of the practice as indicated in the study.

When you examine children’s responses to surveys regarding internet interactions, the picture becomes more obvious. More than half of the respondents acknowledged engaging in an act that qualifies as online harassment, such as name-calling, the use of racial language or images, threatening bodily damage, or making unwelcome sexual remarks.

HOW CAN PARENTS PREVENT CYBER-HUMILIATION? I’ve been using the internet for almost my whole life, and I can tell you that the majority of individuals still struggle with how to sound online. If you don’t have any bodily cues to go along with your jokes or don’t know the person you’re talking to, your jokes may come off badly or not at all. Online anonymity also gives users more confidence, which results in conversations that have a bit (or a lot) more venom than necessary.

It’s challenging to prevent your adult relatives from fighting on Facebook over insignificant points of disagreement. It may seem like a tall order to try to protect your children from others while also trying to prevent them from being bullied online. Parenting today’s connected children, according to one expert, requires providing consistent advice for online interactions.

“Parents must be more technologically adept than their children,” said Ross Ellis, the organization’s founder. Cyberbullying is not a one-and-done debate since it can be hazardous. Open communication between parents is necessary.

80% of parents spend time educating themselves about cyberbullying, according to a McAfee survey. In the survey, more than half of the parents said they use parental control software and talk to their kids about online safety.

Additionally, parents need to be aware of particular online behavioral trends. Only one in three parents claim to have addressed specific abusive behaviors like dogpiling, which is the practice of continuing to criticize someone after many other people have done the same, doxing, which is the act of publishing someone’s private or identifying information without their consent, flaming, which is the practice of making personal attacks, or outing (disclosing someones sexual identity without their consent).

I learned that from observing you. Children could lack the emotional intelligence, maturity, or insight to comprehend how their online bullying affects actual people. The adults in their lives need to let our future generations know that bullying behavior is not acceptable.

It might be time to take a closer look at some of your tweets, memes, Reddit rants, and comments on news articles if you’re an adult. Your kids are probably keeping an eye on you and patterning their conduct after you if your social profiles are public, regardless of whether you think you’re “just blowing off steam” or that you’re engaged in a political battle.

CONVERSING WITH KIDS ABOUT CYBERBULLYING Make yourself accessible for ongoing conversations with children about their internet lives. You should make an effort to learn who your children interact with online, just as you would know the names of their closest friends in real life. You will be better able to support your child as they deal with their individual challenges in these online areas if you take the time to talk to them about their relationships, both the positive and negative aspects.

Encourage your kids to maintain private social media accounts. Instagram includes a number of parental control features, such as messaging limitations and default private accounts for users under 16.

Learn the art of de-escalation and educate yourself and your kids about internet communication. Bullying behaviors include making fun of others and calling them names, but it can be challenging to recognize these actions as harassment when they occur in online friend groups. Talk to your kids about how they select their online pals and why they shouldn’t put up with abuse from their “friends” or escalate harassment in return. Teach them how to leave tense online exchanges.

Parental control software allows you to monitor your children’s online activities. Your kids will undoubtedly engage with people online every day for the rest of their life. You need to make sure they get off to the right start as soon as possible. Parental control software may show you the websites your child visits, the YouTube videos they watch, and how much time they spend each day staring at a screen.

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