Society & Culture

Signs That Your Child Is Being Bullied Online

Cyberbullying is dangerous, and can be at least as harmful as bullying that happens in the schoolyard or the child’s community. Cyberbullying can lead to many problems ranging from depression, to anger, to a lack of self-esteem. Cyberbullying can even lead a child to the point of suicide – a parent’s worst nightmare. Before cyberbullying becomes an issue for your child, learn how to detect it and stop it in its tracks. Depression Does your child seem depressed for no reason that you can pinpoint? It is possible that they are being bullied online. Keep an open dialogue with your child about their feelings and about everything that is going on in his or her life. This way, if cyberbullying is happening to them, it will feel natural for them to talk about it. Anger After Internet ...

How to Discuss Internet Safety with Your Teen

With the internet being so easily accessible in modern times, teens have a lot of pressures to face. The internet can be a wonderful place to discover new things, and it can also be a place filled with dangers. By discussing internet safety openly with your teen, you can help them navigate the internet world with awareness and care. Talk about the Benefits As you bring up the subject of internet safety with your teen, come from the perspective of the internet having many benefits. This will help your teen to realize that you are not simply being negative about one of the most important parts of their life. Teens nowadays use the internet for anything from gaming to meeting friends. Let your teen know that you realize that the internet has a lot of benefits, and that you are on their side. ...

Should Your Child Have Internet Access in Their Bedroom ?

At some point, your child will ask to have internet access in their room. Whether it is for a computer or Wi-Fi to be used on a gaming device, this conversation will come up. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate this discussion. How Old Is Your Child? Children of every age have different temptations when it comes to being online, but there are certain ages that can benefit from having easy internet access. If your child is in high school, it may be more convenient for them to have internet access from their bedroom so they can be comfortable while doing school reports, etc. If you have a relatively young child, however, the benefits of easy internet access may not outweigh the risks, because their actual need for online time is quite small compared to what it will be later...

How to Discuss Internet Safety with Your Younger Child

Parents in our modern times have many issues to think about that never crossed our own parents’ minds when we were being raised. With new inventions and technology come new safety concerns. It can be a challenge to know what to say to your children when you don’t have childhood memories of a talk with your own parents to draw on. Here are some ideas on how to discuss internet safety with your younger child. Be Knowledgeable Even very young children are generally extremely knowledgeable about the internet nowadays. If you want to be respected by your child when you talk about internet safety, you will need to stay up to date on the latest online trends and details. If you appear unsure or seem to be making accusations that are untrue, your child will stop listening to what you really have t...

Could My Child Be a Cyberbully?

Every parent dreads the thought of their child being bullied online. But very few parents also think about the fact that their child could easily become a cyberbully. Being the parent of a child on the aggressive end of cyberbullying is something that must be taken seriously. Here are some signs that indicate that your child may be doing this to others, with tips on what to do. Be Knowledgeable Children in today’s world grow up very knowledgeable about electronics. Often, children are more aware of what is happening online than their parents. It’s vital to remain alert about the latest and greatest things in your child’s life if you want to come across as relevant to them, and keep them and those they interact with safe. Learn about the online games they play and the apps they use to...