Warning Signs Your Child is Being Cyberbullied!

In the past, home was a sanctuary for children and teens who were bullied at school. With the rise of social media, however, cruel classmates follow kids home and can be relentless on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. More than 13 million American kids will be bullied this year at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the street. They avoid technology: Cyberbullying statistics show that children who used to spend a lot of time on Facebook may rarely log on any more. Jumpy reactions to a notification for a text or instant message could also signal trouble. Refuses to talk about computer activity: Kids will be kids, and sometimes that means they don’t want you involved in their personal lives. If you notice your child’s mood suddenly change when you ask about what they were doing online, he or she could be exhibiting signs of cyberbullying. Withdraws from friends: One week they’re best friends and want a sleepover every night, and the next week no one is coming over to your house. Children who don’t know how to deal with bullies may react by refusing to spend time with friends or age related peers. Stresses about attending school: The effects of cyberbullying may lessen your child’s desire to attend school or create a disdain for classes, teachers or school related activities. Displays depression-like symptoms: Cyberbullying can take a huge emotional toll on a young individual. You might notice that your child eats less, has a hard time sleeping, or becomes irritated over little things.