CYBERBULLYING

COMPUTERS, PART OF THE BULLYING SCENE.

The best defense against cyber bullying for now is a watchful, involved parent, guardian, family member or friend.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SOMEONE IS BEING  CYBER BULLIED? HERE ARE SOME SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

long hours on the computer

closes windows on their computer when you enter the room

is secretive about internet activities

behavioural changes

is always doing homework on the internet but always in chat groups and getting behind with school work

may find unexplained long distance phone call charges

won’t say who they are talking to

may find unexplained pictures on computer

trouble sleeping

stomach or headaches

lack of appetite, throwing up

fear of going out of the house

crying for no apparant reason

lack of interest at social events that include other students

complaints of illness before school or community events

frequent visits to the school nurse or office complaining of feeling sick – wants to call mom or dad to come and get them

lowered self esteem a marked change in attitude, dress or habits

unexplained broken personal possessions, loss of memory, loss of personal items

stories that don’t seem to make sense

acting out aggression at home

missing or incomplete school work, decreased success in class

TEACH YOUR CHILD TO COMMUNICATE. IF AN ADULT OR A CHILD KNOWS SOMEONE IS BEING CYBER BULLIED DO NOT ACCEPT THE BULLYING BEHAVIOUR AS A PROBLEM YOUR CHILD HAS TO LIVE WITH. THE BULLYING BEHAVIOUR IS THE REPSONSIBILITY OF THE BULLY NOT THE CHILD BEING BULLIED

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