Are children really prepared for cyber bullying?


This week I learned that one out of four children is bullied online (Mandurah Mail, 2014).  Mobile technology has enabled children to access social networks at any given time, making parental monitoring difficult. I realised that cyber-bullying has many negative implications. It can contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. It can also hinder the victim’s physical, social-emotional and cognitive development as they are all interconnected (Del Principio, 2012, p.30).  As a parent it can be frustrating when your children become victims of bullying. I have two children and one has experienced bullying at school and this was extremely difficult to deal with. I can only imagine that if my child was a victim of cyber bullying, that this would be even more frustrating as you are mostly dealing with faceless, ongoing cyber-attacks. As part of preparing my children for the world, I now need to include strategies on how to educate them to prevent and deal with cyber-bullying abuse.



Cyber-smart Outreach is a free online and off line professional development presentation available for educators and internet awareness presentation for parents and children. They cover a range of issues from cyber-bullying to potential risks for people online and offer tips for staying safe.

Tips for staying safe include:
– Never disclose personal information ie address/email/mobile.
– Never give anyone access to your password and check privacy settings.
– Never respond or retaliate to negative posts.
– Block users that send nasty messages, delete them from social media contacts and report their activities to ISP or website they used to target you.
– Talk to an adult/parent/teacher and ask for help.



Del Principio, A. (2012). The effects of bullying on student academic performance. College of Saint Elizabeth). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, , 266. Retrieved from (937166286).

Mandurah Mail. (2014). Australia ranked on in cyberbullying. Retrieved from

Open Colleges. (2012). 15 Strategies Educators Can Use to Stop Cyberbullying. (Image). Retrieved from

Outreach Cyber Smart presentations for school and families. (2013). Cybersmart. Retrieved from

Text Kills. (2013). Connecting People vs. Gun Control – Where Do You Stand. (Image). Retrieved from


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