Textual harassment involves the repetitive texting of negative, harmful, dangerous and even sexual messages that can have a deep impact on kids’ emotions and mental health. This form of cyberbullying takes traditional bullying out of the classroom and into children’s hands 24/7.
Bullying in a Digital Age
In addition to the dangers of texting, children face the dangers of online spaces such as Facebook and Twitter. Protecting kids from cyberbullying requires addressing potential dangers within every digital space. Besides monitoring children’s text messages and cell phone behavior, parents should also be aware of what their kids are posting and who their kids are connecting with on sites like Facebook.
Internet protection solutions such as TrueCare make it easier for parents to monitor kids’ online activity and start a conversation about Internet safety.
How Parents Can Prevent Cyberbullying
Some tips for helping protect kids from cyberbullying and textual harassment:
• Become more tech-savvy by staying updated on social media trends, mobile capabilities, phone apps and more.
• Remember that computers and cell phones are a privilege, not a right, and set limits for kids’ Internet and cell phone use.
• Start a conversation with your kids about the potential dangers of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, as well as texting and “sexting.”
• Count on Internet protection solutions such as TrueCare to become more aware of your children’s online activity