As a mommy I understand wanting to protect your child against anything or anyone who wants to cause them harm. My daughter has never been cyberbullied, but I listened as people made stupid comments about her looking “old” for her age, or how tall she was, most importantly I watched how their comments negatively affected her self-esteem. When I was younger people would tell me, “You are cute to be so dark,” how idiotic is that statement?
If you think cyberbullying is not an issue take a look at these stats:
- Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
- A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying and that 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide.
- According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims or bullying and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of the fear of bullying
Tips for Mom’s who want to “choke” their child’s bully:
1. Stop, Breathe and Think. You are the adult and violence is not an option, think about the consequences and walk away.
2. If you child is being bullied, alert authorities and school officials.
3. Speak with your child about their self-worth and self-esteem.
4. Create a “safe haven” where your child feels comfortable talking to you about what’s going on in their lives.
5. Pay attention to your child’s behavior. If your child shows sign of depression, sadness, withdrawal or a lost of interest in their favorite activities, talk to them right away and get help from a counselor. Don’t ignore it!