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Cyber bullying is the use of electronic media - especially mobile phones and the internet - to intimidate, threaten or upset someone. It can come from friends in school, or online friends made in social media and gaming platforms. Cyber bullying is real and hurtful, and in some famous cases, have caused victims to commit suicide.
Cyber bullying can include:
Survey data in Singapore suggests that about three in ten school children and youths have experienced cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is similar to other forms of bullying in that the victim is physically and emotionally harassed and made to feel frightened. But the major difference is that a cyber bully is able to "follow" the victim into his house and into his bedroom, and at all times of the day. It is potentially more traumatic because the victim may feel that he has nowhere to hide, and that the "whole world" knows.
If you are a witness to cyber-bullying, don't stand by. All bullies rely on the support of by-standers -people who watch what's going on but do nothing about it.
Your child may not tell you if he or she is being cyber-bullied, but here are some tell -tale signs you can look out for:
This is a time to be patient, understanding and supportive. Do not dismiss the bullying as a passing phase or that your child will soon "get over it".
No parent wants to think of their child as a bully. But if it's come to your attention that your child is indeed a bully, online or otherwise, you should take action.
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