Couple this with increasing distance from parents and family, the child lacks the mental maturity and support network needed to resist the onslaught of bullying and harassment that can come with access to social media. The peer network at school leads to wider and wider reach as kids openly "friend & follow" each other, presumably out of a desire to be popular, connected and in-the-know.As such, cyberbullying online quickly can become a school issue as students quietly bear the burden of rumors and rubbish that is cast upon them by sometimes known and unknown peers.The quest for solutions to cyberbullying ranges from school intervention strategies to parent intervention strategies to legal consequences and it is clear that there is no quick-fix to this problem.
Remember - there’s no rush to start social networking and there are plenty of other ways to stay in touch with your friends, chat and game until you’re ready to use them safely. Confidential means not telling anyone else what you’ve said.
If you’re already using social networks, make sure you know what the risks are and what you can do to be safer. This means that whatever you say stays between you and Child Line.
Imagine all enterprise functions automated by software and performed through a single point of access, which happens to be a virtual agent with cognitive capabilities.
You can stop imagining and start thinking about the repercussions, because this is much closer than you may think.
You probably also know that for most of these sites, like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter, you need to be at least 13 years old to sign up.
For some, like Whatsapp, you need to be even older.
And unfortunately, sometimes it is adults such as teachers and other parents that are cyberbullying kids.
Read Megan's Story to learn how one such parent attack ultimately lead to the suicide of a high school girl.
Unfortunately, given the trends of younger and younger children gaining access to social media and mobile devices, the scourge of cyberbullying will likely get much worse before it ever gets better.