Nowhere to hide from a cyberbully

STATISTICS in today's story that one in four children will be bullied is sad reading.

Bullying can take many shapes and forms, and it has evolved over the years to become more sophisticated with social media being an unfortunate platform.

Whereas bullying in the playground can be quickly dealt with, cyberbullying can permeate into every waking minute of a child's or teenager's life.

There is no escape from it and it can be painfully relentless.

And it's understandable that some parents have no idea it's even happening, until it gets serious enough to warrant intervention by an adult.

All a parent sees is their child engrossed on a computer, tablet or phone, with no idea what the content is that they are reading or who they are interacting with.

Until it gets to a point where the child realises they need help.

That's why it's so important that parents know who their children are talking to online.

I'd rather be called nosey and know what's going on, than have to pick up the pieces later.



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