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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Cyber bullying affects many adolescents and teens on a daily basis. Cyber bullying involves using technology, like cell phones and the Internet, to bully or harass another person. Figures show that as the number of peopleusing social networking sites increase, the more children getting cyberbullied raises too. Many people would argue that it is the child's responsibility to make sure they don't get themselvesin trouble online, but they don't realise how easy it is to send a mean comment on someone's picture or send something as a joke that's not funny. These are more minor cases of cyberbullying but they still hurt the person in question and often expand into something bigger as more people get involved. These are some examples of forms that cyberbullying takes:Sending mean messages or threats to a person's email account or cell phoneSpreading rumors online or through textsPosting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pageStealing a person's account information to break into their account and send damaging messagesPretending to be someone else online to hurt another personTaking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the InternetSexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person.Cyberbullying can be very damaging to a teenager and often leads to cases of anxiety or low self esteem,some extreme cases can lead to the teenager feeling so alone that they commit suicide. A lot of cyberbullies thinkit is funny to make someone feel bad about themselves online, however some may not realize the concequences of being a cyberbully online. Many jobs check the persons digital footprint and those who have posted mean things about people are less likely to get hired. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. More than 1 in 3 people have experienced cyberbullying online. 50% More than half of young people do not tell their parents when they were going through cyberbullying. 1 in 10 teens have had embarassing or damaging pictures taken of themselveswithout their permission So how do you stop it? How do you make sure your child isn't cyberbullied? Here are some things that you, as a parent could do to reduce the risk of your child being bullied online:Number 1: Talk to the teenager about the risks that they will face online but also about how damaging it can be for the person who is being bullied. Tell them about the concequences the bully faces for their actions and make it clear to the that they should not send suggestive pictures or messages. Reassure them that bullying is not their fault if it does happen to them.Number 2: Encourage teenagers to tell an adult, make sure they know that they won't be told off for it.Number 3: Keep stuff as proof! Make sure your child keeps the bullying as evidence to show someone who may be able to stop it. This also enables you to talk to the parent of the bully about it because you have proof that their child did it.Number 4: Make sure they know that, if they did get bullied they should block the number and tell someone immediately who will keep an eye on it. They need to know that they shouldn't let anyone know their password except you,as their parent. Number 5: When your son/ daughter is setting up an acount, do it with them to make sure they don't put on any personal information or pictures that my put them at risk. Number 6: Ensure that your child knows everyone that they are contacting online and that they don't acept anyone that they don't know.Number 7: Keep the computer in an open room such as a family room and don't let the teenager have it in an inclosed space where they may feel trapped. This allows you to keep an eye on your child as well.These thing all give you a better chance of protecting your child from bullying but overall, it is their responsibility to be safe online. A Story on how Bullying affected someone's lifeWhen I was little I used to love my life. When I got into year 1 my life changed a lot; my sister's friends started calling me mini Natalie (my sister) but I din't recognise it as bullying until year 4. When I was in year 4 two boys in my class that were bullying me started staring at me when I was getting changed for P.E.I was bullied from year 4 to 6. I was also bullied in year 6 by my friends.When I started year 7 I thought it wasgoing to be great but I was wrong. After two months I was being physically bullied. After this, I tried to strangle myself on the way to school but it failed and I was really unhappy because I was later bullied again. I was bullied by in on crutches. He kept saying I had psychological problems and that my teachers were calling me an idiot. At the same time I was bullied by a girl who called me evil and really mean. We were in history and I said jokingly I wanted to be a nun but she said I was too evil to be a nun. Then later we did who killed the monk? and she said it that it was me. "Sticks and Stones may break my ones but words will never hurt me"
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