Kids frequently don’t feel comfortable telling their parents when they end up with bully behavior in school. The same holds true with problems online. One reason for the reluctance is that many parents find it hard to remain calm. Others totally overact while some simply dismiss it and don’t want to be bothered.
It’s important for parents to become part of the solution.
Facebook has zero tolerance for harassment. It’s against Facebook community policy and they have provisions to help members.
If you, or your child happens to notice something on Facebook that you don’t think is appropriate, but it’s not anything that violates Facebook Terms, you can use the report links to send a message requesting that the post be take it down. An example might be an a photo of you that is very embarrassing.
With harassment, a person can ask Facebook to block the individual. Facebook will request a reason. Unfriending the person is also a step that should be taken. The following link is excellent for parents and older children and we strongly suggest that you visit the link.
The community standards information is also worth a visit because it’s filled with great information. Facebook takes the standards it has set for its members very seriously and they’re there to provide help for members.
Twitter also has a help section on their platform for abuse. Check it out. We also suggest that women and young teens lock their tweets. Don’t let just anyone follow you because it can become a major problem.
By locking your tweets, a person has to request your permission to follow you. Check their background, existing posts and profile before accepting. If things don’t look right, decline the request.
Keep your birthday year and address off of Twitter. Hackers and bullies scour the web for this type of information.
Harassment of any kind is upsetting to say the least, but it’s important to teach children how to cope with it. Calmly explain that these things can also happen to adults, Let them know that it’s upsetting and stressful regarding of age. One effective approach is to explain to the child that you want to help and protect them. Tell them you will deal with this together and both of you will learn new things that can help.
You can let it happen and do nothing — or cope with making it stop and obtain help.
State laws, which do vary by state, govern harassment. The term is defined as unwelcome conduct which threatens, alarms, demeans, annoys, or creates a situation where an individual is threatened and/or in fear of their personal safety.
This behavior may also include racial, religious, sexual, or age related slurs, derogatory pictures, flyers, lewd requests, propositions, phone calls, text messages, physical assault, unwanted touching, pushing, blocking of normal movement such as walking, physical interference with school or work, and actions which threaten a person’s eyes, throat, or other areas of the body. It also includes actions which threaten a person’s child, loved one, or pet.
If the situation can’t be resolved by speaking to the bully, school authorities, or the parents of the other child, then there are times when the only course of action that’s meaningful is an order of protection.
First degree harassment, a class B misdemeanor, involves intentional and ongoing harassment by following the person in or around public places, or conduct or repeated actions which places the victim in fear of their well-being or fear of physical injury.
Second degree harassment is a violation which involves intent to alarm, harass, or severely annoy another person:
1. Defined as striking, kicking, pushing, shoving an individual person, or attempts and threats to do the above; or
2. The unwanted following a person in a public place/places; or
3. Repeated alarming conduct to seriously annoy another person with no legitimate reason
A temporary harassment restraining order may be applied for by the victim. As a parent, you should accompany them.
The linked example was issued by the state of California. You might want to bookmark the page.
At www.nobullying.com, we’re passionate about helping children, parents and teachers deal with harassment and bullying. We invite you to visit for more helpful information about deadlin with these types of problems. You will find helpful advice, case stories, and success stories.
Over 50 percent of children under 17 years of age of report that they have been bully victims more than once during their lives. This is not something you have to cope with alone, and we’re here to help.