We don’t want losers at the party
I can ruin ur life. No 1 likes you! Loser!
Why do you even breathe? Do us all a favor and kill yourself!
We all remember what junior high or high school were like. Some students were popular and got to hang out at the coolest parties, while others were teased, struggling with cruelty in school and in the community. At first, adults might not understand what teenagers are going through. But some parents had the same drama when they were kids, and could offer pretty good advice.
It’s a fact that teenagers don’t like talking about their problems with their parents. They feel embarrassed or think they will be judged, probably even misunderstood. How can parents tell if their children are dealing with cyberbullying and what can they actually do to get them to open up?
Signs a teenager could be a victim of cyberbullying
These are red flags that something is going on, so make sure you don’t ignore these signs. The dynamics of cyberbullying are complex, so it’s possible for the child to inadvertently shift between being a victim to being a bully as a coping mechanism. Whatever happens, take it seriously, and take the time to listen.
How to react if your child is a victim of cyberbullying
Teenagers can be rude without it falling under bullying behavior, so it’s very important to carefully analyze each episode in context and simply take it from there. Teenagers have often been bullied by people close to them, friends they trusted and shared secrets with. That’s why it’s important to speak to them about healthy friendships and what it means to be a good friend. Teenagers have a tendency to minimize feelings and events, but they can’t always fake it.
What else can you do about it?
As a parent, school teacher, bystander, friend or even victim yourself, get involved immediately, so things don’t get out of hand. Join us in our fight against cyberbullying and sign the petition to convince Facebook to get involved in spotting and reporting cases of cyberbullying.