Monday Musings - How Can We Prevent Cyber-Bullying in the Social Media Age?
It’s become all too common of an occurrence.
A child is bullied by her peers and it goes viral. Cyber-bullying occurs and a child’s life is ruined. In the worst instances of this scenario, the child does the unthinkable and takes her own life. This can’t go on. There have been too many cases of young lives tragically ended due to social media bullying.
In an age of Facebook “likes” Twitter retweets and YouTube shares, a person’s online and “real life” reputation can be destroyed in an instant. Unlike previous times where bullying happened face to face, we’ve now entered an age where destroying someone’s character is as easy as logging on to one’s computer. Cyber-bullying is the newest form of making a child’s life miserable…or worse.
Kids will be kids, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, part of being a kid is not realizing the consequences of one’s actions or having the forethought to not do something that could have serious repercussions later. What may seem like a harmless prank - sharing texts or pictures with friends - can have enough weight to change someone’s life forever.
This has to stop, but how? The genie is out of the bottle, for sure, but that doesn’t change that fact that we must do everything in our power to put it back in. Social media is here to stay; our kids should be as well. Let’s not lose yet another promising young life because of ignorance regarding the effect of sharing damaging images and information online.
Accordingly, today’s Monday Musings questions are as follows:
How can we prevent cyber-bullying in this age of social media? What can parents and educators do to stop kids from using digital technology to bully other kids? What tools and approaches should we use to get our kids to realize that cyber-bullying is serious and can affect others’ lives forever? Please leave me your thoughts in the comments section below.
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