October marks the start of Bullying Prevention Month. This campaign runs throughout October and equips parents, teachers and young people with all the information and support they may need to combat bullying.
One particular area of concern in our modern climate is cyberbullying. According to recent reports, when lockdown was at its peak during March and April, cyberbullying incidents increased by 70%. In addition to this, some reports suggest that only 20% of bullying takes place within a school now.
Cyberbullying can take various forms, and usually takes place on social networking sites.
If you are a parent or guardian and you’re looking for ways to protect your child online, we share some of our top tips below:
Limit access to technology
It’s a good idea to keep your computer/laptop in a public place in the house (as opposed to inside a child’s bedroom) as this will enable you to both limit how much time your child spends online and also monitor which sites they are using. It’s also a good idea to try to limit the amount of time your child spends using their smartphone. You can also set up parental control options on both devices for an extra added layer of protection.
Know their online world
Try to make sure you’re connected to your young person on social media, without abusing the privilege by liking and commenting on their photos (as this will almost certainly result in them removing you as a connection). This will allow you to keep an eye on what they are saying and what is being said to them.
Educate your young person on keeping safe online
Talk to your young person about the importance of online safety and not sharing any personal information over the internet. Our website has a wealth of resources regarding online safety for parents and guardians, which can be found here.