5 Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying February 01 2012

These days, bullying is getting a lot of attention on the media, and it is a major problem in the schools. But today's bullying is not like the bullying of the past, with Spike waiting in the schoolyard for his milk money. No, today's bullying encompasses a completely new frontier: technology.

Technology has opened up an entire new world of possibilities for bullies and their victims, and the damage can be devastating. If you are concerned about cyberbullying and its possible effects on your children, then read up on these five tips for preventing cyberbullying:

Inform Yourself

First off, it is important that you understand what, exactly, constitutes cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a form of emotional abuse. The perpetrator openly advertises hurtful, embarrassing, and otherwise destructive information about the victim in a public forum. This could be anything from posting private details about a student's sex life for all to see on Facebook to sending abusive texts via cellular phone.

Inform Your Children

Safeguarding your children about cyberbullying begins with explaining to them what cyberbullying is, and telling them it not okay, under any circumstances. When children know something is wrong, they are more likely to avoid that behavior, and to report it when they see it or experience it.

Instill Consequences

Make it a point to express that there are serious consequences for cyberbullying. Not only will the perpetrator face punishment, but the victim will also experience a very painful consequence that can never be taken back.

Monitor technology use. As an adult, it is your job to monitor children. Make use of all the great products on the techno-market today, specifically designed to help you keep tabs on your home's Internet usage. Also, pay close attention to the cell phone bill to watch for any odd patterns.

Act Promptly

As soon as you notice any behavior that is indicative of cyberbullying, address it right away. That means you should watch for both bullying behavior and victim behavior. What to look for? Well, if your child seems to be withdrawing from social interactions, plummeting at school, and avoiding discussions with you, it might be time for a talk. Also, if you hear a child (or a group of children) making fun of or demeaning other children, even behind their backs, you need to explain how destructive that type of negative behavior can be, and you need to point out that that type of behavior can easily cross the boundaries and be cause for serious consequences.

Cyberbullying is rampant - but it's not a hopeless situation. There are things you can do to prevent cyberbullying and put this devastating practice out of style.

About the Author: Clark Flower is a certified phlebotomist has done all sort of clinical healthcare progams and hold degrees such as CMA, CCMA, CMAA, FLWD, NAC, CNA, NAA-CLS through AAMA & NHA and is also a certified phlebotomist, his research work on topic of venipucture has appeared in several health journals. Clark has educated thousands of entry level students in phlebotomy training and you can find more about his phlebotomy training association at http://www.associationphlebotomytraining.com/.