CyberBullying is a rising problem involving children

SUREN on July 07, 2009

Blame it to the modern technology that has given its users new freedom and independence. Communication has become so easy and quick. Along with the many benefits there are also some challenges, particularly in relation to safety. Bullying at home, in the playground or in the schools is as old as the human race but with the modern technology a new form has emerged: Cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is one of the rising problems involving children. It is not only hurtful and but also destructive.  Children have ended up killing each other and committing suicide after having been involved in cyber-bulling incidents. It is one of the fastest growing problems that parents, schools will have to keep a watch on. This article will help you understand what cyber-bulling is, how kids get started with it and how parents/schools can stop it before it gets worse.

What is cyber-bulling?

It’s a crime instigated by a minor against another. In other words Cyber-bulling is when one teen or child using internet, cell phone or other communication device sends text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another teen or child. It is a deliberate and aggressive act designed to assert interpersonal remark over another, so that he/she feels helpless to respond. Statistics have shown that more than 33% of the teens have been cyber bullied.

How kids get started with it?

Anger, frustration or revenge can lead kids to cyber- bulling. Some just do it for fun/entertainment – just for a laugh or to get a reaction and some get exposed to it accidently. Kids generally use chat rooms, social networking sites, blogs, you tube, and e-mails for bullying.

How Parents/schools can stop it before it gets worse?

Mobicip is very well aware of this problem and helps parents to provide a safe online environment over electronic devices that the child can get his/her hands on. It not only filters inappropriate content to provide a safe browsing experience but also provides web monitoring capabilities including customizable filter settings, whitelists, blacklists and reports of websites visited. It also encrypts traffic for an added layer of protection. Mobicip can make a parent act smartly to ensure safe online experience for their entire family. Mobicip currently supports iPhone, iPod Touch and Linux Netbooks and will soon be available for Windows and other platforms.