Elias Between Two Worlds - Ep. 3 - Cyberbullying
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Anti-Bullying Week, an annual campaign that aims to combat bullying and abuse at school, is running from Monday, November 16, to Friday, November 20, this year.
Established by the Anti-Bullying Alliance in 2004, Anti-Bullying Week is an annual event that raises awareness of bullying of children and young people. Anti-Bullying Week takes place November 16 to 20, and this year’s theme is United Against Bullying.
Is your child moody or do they pretend to be sick just to avoid school? Puberty, exams or laziness are not the only reasons that might be behind such behaviour. Cyberbullying (harassment that takes place in the digital space), can be another cause with possibly far-reaching real-life consequences. Unfortunately, not every parent can distinguish common teenage issues from the red flags raised by cyberbullying.
Over the past few years, social media has become a ubiquitous part of the lives of children and teens. Using various digital platforms is second nature for these so-called digital natives, be it for staying connected with friends, sharing opinions and interests, or keeping up-to-date with favorite celebrities.
The Internet is a vast source of information for all of us, and naturally some people use that information for good, and some for ill, like “grooming” and stalking children. What can you as a parent, teacher, or other concerned adult do to protect kids against online predators and solicitation?
On the surface, the internet seems to offer anything and everything you might need – on demand and free. Children and teens especially enjoy the benefits of being able to download any song, film, book, computer program or app they want. However, even the internet has its limitations.
Twenty years ago, playing a game with players from the other side of the globe was just a dream. For today’s kids, this is the reality that is only a few clicks away. But cooperating or competing with complete strangers, who children know only by their nicknames, carries its risks.
What did you dream of becoming when you were a kid? A doctor? A teacher? A pilot or an astronaut? A recent survey of 2000 parents of 11- to 16-year-olds shows that doctors (18%) are still number one on the dream job list. However, they are closely followed by social media influencers (17%) and more specifically, YouTubers (14%).