Did you know that nearly one in two youth have experienced online bullying in the last four weeks? Unfortunately, we live in a world where the words ‘cyberbully’ and ‘Internet troll’ have become a part of our everyday language. Cyberbullying can be referred to as “abusive behaviour that takes place online or is enhanced by digital technology.” An Internet troll is often the person who begins to cyberbully someone else online.
And there are parents out there who may not understand the two terms or other common slang found on the Internet, but don’t worry – that’s where TELUS comes in.
The #RiseAbove campaign is part of TELUS’ ongoing commitment to improving the lives of youth and their communities to help make digital spaces safe places for everyone.
Whether you’re a novice or as in-the-know as your kids are about the online world, here are a few tips from TELUS online resources to help parents navigate cyberbullying:
It’s a parent’s job to make their kids feel safe at home, at school and now online. Learning about the time your kids spend online, and why, is important to help protect them against the possible risks they may encounter in cyberspace. Take the time to talk to your kids about cyberbullying, the importance of having a positive online reputation, and how they can be apart of the solution, not the problem.
The solution isn’t just up to parents; your kids can do their part to put an end to cyberbullying too. Here are a few tips your kids should know:
For more information and resources, visit TELUS Rise Above.