Online bullying has some of the most devastating effects on children and teens around the globe:
On a global level we see how such online abuse effects children of all ages. Across the central division in Fiji many students have also indicate experiencing online bullying at least once this year.
Children may not want to tell you if they are being bullied but here are some signs to look out for:
These changes are often subtle but vigilance is key. And having open dialogue about online safety and responsibility with your child is important.
What can I do to help?
Remember to remain calm and have an open conversation with your child. Let them know that they are not alone. Set up screen time and allow them to only use the devices in a common area such as the living room.
Fijians value community and we can express this same value in our online communities. Social media apps like Facebook give us an opportunity to build virtually any community we like. And this starts at home, stop the spread of online bullying by talking to your children today.
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