Teens and Social Media

Teens and Social Media

Many of our teens spend countless hours on social media. This leads to an alarming rate of cyberbullying that often goes unreported.

Only 1 out of 10 youth will tell a parent about being cyberbullied.

A study stated that 95% of youth said their online behavior was only meant as a joke.

As a mother of teens, we have regular conversations about dealing with bullying, including cyberbullying.

● Remove the person from your social media account – don’t keep putting yourself in the position to read what they say about you
● ALWAYS let us know about any uncomfortable encounters
● Do NOT participate in any form of bullying. If you have NOTHING nice to say, don’t say it.
● Speak up for yourself – this is important. Knowing when to ignore and speaking up for yourself is important
● You do NOT have to accept everyone’s friend request
● If you see it happening, speak up
● Group chats can turn ugly. If you’re in one that does, you may want to say the direction it’s going isn’t “cool” and bow out.

We remind them that their digital footprint started day one of having an email account and posting on social media. What you say, don’t say or laugh at may hurt others.

What tips do you have to help other parents address the subject of cyberbullying?