Bullying is the imbalance of power between two people. This imbalance of power occurs when someone intentionally and repeatedly says or does hurtful things to someone else. You might remember our blog from September called How to Prevent Bullying that touched on how to identify bullying and how you can report and prevent bullying.
This week we are discussing cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has the same premise as regular bullying, however, cyber bullying involves the use of communication technology. The RCMP defines cyberbullying as:
- Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages.
- Posting embarrassing photos of someone online.
- Creating a website to make fun of others.
- Pretending to be someone by using their name.
- Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others.”1
How to prevent bullying
Bullying is often a learned behaviour that can be curbed early on. Educate children on the effects of bullying on other people and the consequences of being a bully – both legally and within the home. Make sure that your children are witnessing a positive role model in your relationships with other people and with your children themselves.
Self-esteem issues can also lead to bullying as most bullies will intimidate in order to feel better about themselves. If your child is suffering from a self-esteem issue, try to uplift them and be vigilant for mean behaviour – which should be punished. Make an effort to remember to tell your children when you’re proud of them and what they do that inspires you. It may be awkward, especially if that isn’t your family dynamic, but they will feel so empowered – especially if they roll their eyes!
By following these tips and suggestions you should be able to help empower your children to stand up to bullying!
For more resources on bullying check out Kids Help Phone or call 1-800-668-6868.
1”Bullying and Cyberbullying.” Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Sep 21, 2017. Web.
2”Bullying Prevention: Nature and Extent of Bullying in Canada.” Public Safety Canada. Jan 19, 2016. Web.