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Dealing with Cyberbullying
Cyber bullying is a common phenomenon in today's schools. Youngsters of all ages have suffered from bullying especially at school. Modern technology, easy access to the internet and mobile phones with cameras make it easier for bullies to go after their victims.

How bullying turned into cyber-bullying?
Today it is easier to bully someone than it was ever before. You do not need to get into a face to face confrontation and you do not need to get physical, running any risk of humiliation or getting hurt during a fight.

The ways of the cyber bully is by sending threatening and insulting text messages, emails and instant messages.

Cyber bullies post embarrassing photos and videos about their victims and their private lives on social networking websites (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, Bebo etc.) or on free hosted websites. They often find cover behind the anonymity that a webmail account and a disposable SIM card for a mobile phone have to offer.
Cyber bullying is a common phenomenon in today's schools. Youngsters of all ages have suffered from bullying especially at school. Modern technology, easy access to the internet and mobile phones with cameras make it easier for bullies to go after their victims.
As a parent you need to ask two questions when it comes to bullying:

1. Is my child being bullied? A child that is bullied at an early age is likely to stay weak for the rest of its life, suffer in quiet, and be afraid of forming social and personal relationships. It is becoming a common theme on the news to see people who are bullied ending up taking their own lives or turning into drugs to find a way out.

2. Is my child a bully? This is maybe an even more difficult question to ask, and even harder to accept the answer. It is however your responsibility as a parent to do so. A bully will end up an antisocial person, probably violent and with a good chance to end up in prison for a crime they probably perceived as a lifestyle choice.
Both questions are hard to ask and even harder to answer. To ask the questions you need to have the strength and the will to do so. To find the answers it might get more technical.
How can I find out if my child is a bully or being bullied?

A bully is likely to keep a record of the text messages, emails, photos and videos they used against their victims.
A bullying victim is more likely to delete the embarrassing or threatening messages and photos. However a forensic examination of your child's mobile phone or computer, may allow you to retrieve deleted information and find out what happens to them behind your back.

If you believe your child could be a victim of cyber bullying, please feel free to contact us for a free, no obligations consultation.
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