Childline, a free counseling service which is based in the United Kingdom and was established especially for adolescents and teens, reported in their most recent annual report that cyber bullying concerns rose by a whopping 87 percent in 2013 over the previous year. Depression and general unhappiness were cited as the main reasons for contacting the charity. Further, young people contacted the charity online (via emails or one-on-one chat sessions) than via telephone.
The sad part about cyber bullying is that the people who love these teens and adolescents, including their friends, parents and teachers, often don’t know what to do to help. Of course, providing support to bullying victims is always encouraged and appropriate, but below, you’ll find other ways to hopefully help thwart these vicious attacks.
Talks to teens about cyber bullying, explaining that it is wrong and can have serious consequences. Make a rule that teens may not send mean or damaging messages, even if someone else started it, or suggestive pictures or messages or they will lose their cell phone and computer privileges for a time.