Symantec Celebrates Safer Internet Day by Uniting for a Better Internet.
Sad. Freak. Crybaby. Loser.
These words all sound pretty harsh, right? They do not feel very good to read here, but imagine them directed at you personally. In the world of child and teen online activity, these types of words can become all too familiar to the millions of children cyberbullied each year around the world.
In the UK, fifty per cent of adolescents have been bullied, with six out of 10 of these victims of cyberbullying . More than 1 in 5 (22%) of 8-17 year olds report that someone has posted an image or video to bully them . According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, in the United States the percentages of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetimes has nearly doubled (19% to 34%) from 2007-2016.
Furthermore, the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report , a survey of nearly 21,000 consumers globally, shows that nearly half (48 percent) of parents believe their children are more likely to be bullied online than at school in the playground. While the majority of parents implement proactive measures to keep their children safe online, such as limiting access to certain websites and apps (43 percent) or allowing Internet access only under parental supervision (40 percent), more than 1 in 10 (11 percent) do nothing.
This year, as part of Safer Internet Day, Norton wants to help parents stop cyberbullying in its tracks through a campaign encouraging individuals and communities to #RaiseOurVoices against cyberbullying. In Norton’s free e-book “Cyberbullying – A Conversation Guide for Parents and Kids”, the company provides parents and kids guidance on how to identify the signs of cyberbullying, empower themselves to start a conversation with their children and establish “netiquette” when the time is right.
According to the guide, some notable signs of cyberbullying amongst children include:
So how can parents keep their children safe online to avoid and discourage engagement in cyberbullying?
“Parents play a critical role in educating their children on the boundaries for acceptable and safe internet behaviours. An open dialogue about online experiences is the first step in protecting children online. The internet is a valuable resource for children’s development, and our children today don’t know a world without it. Preventing children from going online is not necessarily the answer, we encourage parents to establish house rules on internet usage based on their age and talk to their children about their online experiences.” - Nick Shaw, Vice President, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec.
Cyberbullying can be a challenging topic to talk about, but it doesn’t have to be. If we all – parents, children, friends, families, professionals – continue to #RaiseOurVoices we can work towards a common goal of protecting our children and stopping cyberbullying in its tracks.
In addition to Norton’s e-book guide on cyberbullying, the company created magnets for students to take home and help establish family guidelines to protect themselves online.
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