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Bullying is not a new phenomenon, it has existed since ancient times, verbally and physically, but with the spread of digital technology, it has become easy for the bully to carry out his task without suffering any punishment for his actions.
It can be difficult for you as a mother to notice that your child is being bullied online which can have serious psychological consequences for him so it is very important that you are aware of the concept of cyberbullying in your child and its risks and how to protect your child from cyberbullying.
Post-traumatic stress disorder cyberbullying
Cyber-bullying is prevalent among adolescents with rates ranging between 10-40%. Cyber-bullying is the use of digital technologies and occurs through social media, messaging platforms, games and mobile phones in order to frighten, provoke or discredit children, which may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. This disorder is A mental health condition resulting from a terrifying event. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, intense anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event and avoidance of certain situations and places.
Monitor children’s behavior if they fall in love with isolation and withdrawal
Dr. Abla Al-Alfi, Member of Parliament and founder of the “Family Counseling” Awareness Initiative, revealed that if your child is exposed to electronic bullying, we encourage him to talk to a parent, teacher or any other person you trust, as he has the right to be safe, and we have a system to receive reports Report any bullying within Facebook or Instagram.
She explained that the correct education of children, especially those who are newly married, in addition to the necessity of constantly educating the child as well as following good social education methods by activating the role of the social worker to teach him proper behaviors, and the same role falls on the obstacle of preachers and imams in mosques.
Noting that parents should be interested in monitoring their children’s behavior if they find that their child has fallen in love with isolation and withdrawal, they should quickly search for reasons why cyberbullying is a reason, especially if the child carries electronic devices
Bullying is a moral defect in order to find oneself at the expense of the other
For her part, Dr. Rasha Al-Jundi, Professor of Mental Health, said that bullying is a moral defect and social deterioration as a result of a lack and an attempt by the bully to find himself at the expense of the other. She stressed that it is a form of violence, noting that some children bully online until they are accepted into a group. From friends or classmates, even if the behavior is contrary to their moral values, and there is a wrong tendency in the child that some children believe that everyone is subjected to cyberbullying, so there is no problem for them to do so, especially if it leads to acceptance in their social environment.
How to protect your child from cyberbullying
She advises children that talking to parents is not easy for everyone but there are some things you can do to help the conversation Choose a time to talk When you know your parents are willing to pay close attention to what you say Explain to them how serious the problem is for you Remember that they may not be on As tech savvy as you are, you may need to help them understand what’s going on
She talks about the advice of parents to children, saying: Explain to your children the concept of cyberbullying and bullying in general in all its forms and encourage them to talk to you if they are exposed to any kind of bullying at any time and also make sure that you do so not to bully others and explain the obstacles in front of them and always be aware of all activities Extracurricular for your children and get to know their friends well It is important that your supervision extends to their activities on social networks, and make sure that you know all their personal accounts and that you are one of their followers even if they refuse it For young children it is important to insist on knowing the passwords of the sites they use for their security.