This article was originally posted on BlogHer and written by WomenLoveTech.
I get sick in the stomach when I read about teenagers taking their own lives after extensive online bullying. Nearly 80% of kids under 10 use social media. I urge you to take cyberbullying seriously. The Internet is a great place to learn, to be entertained, to share and communicate, but not a place for bullying.
Up to 35 percent of 8 to 11 year olds have their own mobile phone, rising to 94 per cent of 16 to 17 year olds. Children and young people are increasingly gaining access to the internet via their mobiles, yet only a very small percentage have discussed cybersafety with their parents.
I hope these 21 powerful tips to prevent kids cyberbullying will guide you and will help your kids. Please share this list with them.
1. Do not respond to any cyberbullying message, block the person and tell a trusted person.
2. When you are upset, walk away from your computer or your smartphone.
3. Do not write anything against another person, one day you will regret it but it will be too late.
4. Do not share with anyone (except parents) your passwords, your BFF is not an exception.