Yes I know what you’re thinking – isn’t every day a day to stand up to bullies? Of course you’re right, but sometimes we need an awareness day to pause and think about things in a little more detail.
Intel Security have done some research to mark the day and found
· Nearly half of children (49%) have witnessed cruel behaviour on social networks, yet a third (33%) did nothing to report it.
· Just over one in ten UK children (11%) has been a victim of cyber bullying on social media and nearly half (49%) rank it as their top concern.
· Cyber bullying is made worse by the lack of parent awareness, with the majority of children (75%) learning information about online safety from their parents yet 64% of parents believe their child is more social media savvy than they are.
What do you think of these statistics? Do you agree or disagree?
My dream is that Stand Up to Bullying Day will become irrelevant, because people will stop bullying, but alas I don’t see that happening any time soon.
Whilst cyber-bullying is frequently in the news, bullying has always been around in one form or another. This says more about the bullies than anyone else – they’re the ones who have the problems. So if you find yourself being bullied – remember that it’s not about you. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and the best thing to do is to tell someone so you can get some help.
Five top tips to stay safe online
Here are five top tips from Intel for parents to help facilitate online safety for their children:
- Connect with your kids. Talk frequently with them about the online risks, and make sure the communication lines are open. You can discuss relevant news stories or cases at schools.
- Set password rules. To show camaraderie and trust, teens may share their social media passwords but this is a dangerous practice. Put a consequence in place for breaking this critical password rule.
- Read app reviews. By reading app flags, age restrictions and customer reviews on an app, you will be able to discern if an app is going to be suitable for your child.
- Gain access. Parents should have passwords for their children’s social media accounts and passcodes to their children’s devices to have full access.
- Be in the know. Stay one step ahead and take the time to research the various devices your kids use. Stay knowledgeable about the newest and latest social networks.