If your teen has a cell phone and/or social media accounts, there is a chance he has observed or been a victim of cyber bullying. I’m going to tell you how to prevent it, how to stop it if it’s happening to you, and what to do if you see it happening to someone else.
I am thrilled to serve as a brand ambassador for TeenSafe, the popular parenting smartphone monitoring service. Each month, I will be bringing a fresh round of tips to make managing our lives as parents of teens easier. You can find all of my TeenSafe posts here.
I have been a TeenSafe user for about seven months. I enjoy being able to monitor my son’s cell phone (or tablet) use. I can remotely access his usage, history, and habits. It’s allowed us to have frank conversations about appropriate internet behavior, responsible phone use, and a sense of security.
He knows the app is installed on his devices and that he is being held accountable to us for his actions. With privilege comes responsibility.
Cyber bullying is another hot topic to discuss with your child if they are at an age where they’re online a lot. This type of bullying and bullying in real life are never okay and it’s important that your child recognizes if this type of behavior is happening to them or someone else and to tell an adult – immediately.
In the third post in this series, we will explore how to stop cyber bullying to understand what it is, how to prevent it, and how to stop it from happening to your teen (or someone else).
What is Cyber Bullying?
the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
- rumors spread online
- mean or hurtful comments
- threats sent via text
- threats sent online
- mean or hurtful images
How to Prevent Cyber Bullying Before It Starts
This is the advice I’ve given to my 13-year-old son:
- Always think before you post.
- Never share passwords or personal data, such as your address, online.
- Never send inappropriate photos or texts that may come back to haunt you.
- When you make comments about someone, imagine how you would feel if that were said about you.
How to Stop Cyber Bullying (If It’s Happening to You)
Common Sense Media gives some great advice on how teens can stop cyber bullying:
1. Don’t Respond or Retaliate.
2. Block the Bully.
3. Save the Evidence.
4. Report It.
5. Tell a Friend or Trusted Adult.
What to Do If You See Cyber Bullying
There really is power in numbers. If your child observes cyber bullying, there are a few things they can do to help:
- Don’t “Like” or “Share” it.
- Report it.
- Say something (because most bullies stop when a peer intervenes).
- Let the person being bullied know privately that you’ve got their back.
This information and the infographic shown below was provided by TeenSafe.
How TeenSafe Can Help Address Cyber Bullying
TeenSafe is a monitoring service that allows parents to monitor their child’s iPhone or Android smartphone as well as view activity on Instagram, WhatsApp and Kik Messenger.
You can use the following information to monitor bullying activity and have educational conversations with your teen:
- View Texts – View sent, received and deleted SMS and iMessages.
- View Calls – View call logs of incoming and outgoing calls including contact name, number, date and duration.
- See Phone Location – See your teen’s current smartphone location on a map as well a history of the phone’s location.
- View Instagram – View Instagram posts, comments, and followers.
- View Installed Apps – View a list of all third-party applications installed on your child’s phone.**
- Whatsapp – View Sent and Received Whatsapp messages*
- Kik – View Sent and Received Kik Messenger texts*
- Internet – See web search history. See web browsing history.
- View contacts
*iPhone only. **Android only.
This post was sponsored by TeenSafe.