Finding out your child is being cyber bullied is terrifying for a myriad of reasons. Bullying has evolved way past our own experiences, and we’re the first generation of parents to deal with the often devastating impacts of social media.
Bullying now takes place over digital devices through texts, apps, or on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. Children are subjected to hurtful posts and direct messages, often posted by more than one bully.
Recent tragic cases of youth suicide are stark reminders and intensify the feeling of utter helplessness associated with bullying. Most recently, the heartbreaking deaths of Dolly Everett, 14, and Libby Bell, 13, rocked us to the core. Both girls were reportedly being cyber bullied.
But if you are lucky enough that your child has confided in you about the bullying or you’ve managed to spot the signs of cyber bullying, there are ways you can help and reassure your child.
If you are worried for your child’s safety or are concerned about their mental well-being, contact a professional immediately.