How to prevent Cyberbullying among teenagers.
The teenage age which is considered to be between 12-19 years old is said to be the most critical stage and as well the very first building block of every man’s life.
And as teenagers, several ill behaviors can easily be adapted without even parents knowing.
Most teenagers tend to respond to negative changes faster than they will do to positive changes, that’s why it is recommended of every parents to keep close watch as their kids turn into teenagers and till they grow to become adults.
Here in this post, we will be considering the issue of Cyberbullying that exist among teenagers in this present era. Cyberbullying has become so rampant, just second place close to the problem of cybercrime.
And nonetheless, it has become an everyday commitment among teenagers of today.
- 1. What is Cyberbullying?
- 2. What are some negative effects of Cyberbullying?
- 3. Ways to prevent Cyberbullying among teenagers.
1. What is Cyberbullying?
The term Cyberbullying should not be confused with Cybercrime. Now, Cyberbullying is an act of intimidating, abusing, threatening and harassing someone through various social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. This is just to mention a few of them.
In other words, Cyberbullying is made up of two words, first Cyber which means anything related to the internet and then bullying which means an act of harassing someone you feel is inferior. So to put together, Cyberbullying is simply bulling someone over the internet.
2. What are some of the negative effects of Cyberbullying?
Does Cyberbullying has some negative side effects? Yes it does! Below are some of the effects Cyberbullying can cause to a victim (teenager) whether psychologically, emotionally, mentally, socially and physically.
– Depression: Most often than not, the major effect of Internet bullying is that it causes depression, and this condition is usually faced by the victim teenager who was bullied.
– Low self esteem: Another common effect is low self esteem, and this should not come as a surprise because when a child is bullied he/she then sees his/herself as inferior to the bully. And by so doing the child only gets to develop what is called ” Inferiority complex”.
– Phobia: Most teenagers tend to be scared the most when they are bullied. And teenagers who are victims of Cyberbullying are prone to unnecessary fears than any average teenager.
3. Ways to prevent Cyberbullying among teenagers:
As long as the internet lives there will always be cases of Cyberbullying, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be prevented or avoided. Despite the fact that Cyberbullying is the other of the day in every part of the world, there are still major tips to follow so as to avoid the cause of Internet bullying.
– Monitor your children’s Online presence: This could be first step and at least one of the most effective way to reduce the rate at which your children engage in Cyberbullying.
– Teach them to be positive: As a teacher, guardian, or parents learn to teach your students/kids positivity so they will learn to abstain from internet bullying.
It is much better to engage your kids(teenagers) as a parent, guardian or teacher early when they are still in their prime ages. Since the issues of Cyberbullying is becoming overwhelming, then it will be better if parents and teachers pro actively involve them to make sure they abstain from what is described as “Internet bullying”.