#Stop Cyberbullying

With young people spending on average up to 15 hours per week online, there are a number of important skills for them to learn on how to be safe.  For example,

How to protect themselves from un-wanted contact from strangers or someone not known to them, or unsolicited photographs.

 

How to guard their on-line reputation.  With employers turning to the internet even more to find out about prospective employees, what a young person posts can impact on future employment and life choices.

 

How to deal with cyber-bullying and on-line negative experiences.  Flaming, trolling, harassment, excluding are all examples of cyber-bullying that can impact a young person. 

 

Negative on-line experiences can cause loss of self-confidence, anxiety, poor performance at school and in severe cases self-harm and even suicide.

It is essential, not only for young people to know how to protect themselves but how to be good on-line citizens.  They can do this by:

 

  • Not starting on-line or cyber-bullying.
  • Not being part of it, if they see it occurring.
  • Being an up-stander rather than a bystander, that is supporting their friends and people they know who may be experiencing cyber-bullying; and
  • Not letting it get out of hand.

 

Youth Legal Service, believes in supporting young people to be good on-line citizens.

 

 

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