Cyberattacks can be catastrophic for your business, and it is no longer a case of ‘if’ a business gets attacked; it’s ‘when’. YEO looks into how companies are exposed to cyberattacks and how to avoid them.
November 16, 2021
As a parent, one of the biggest fears is having our kids bullied at school and due to the ever-growing digitally connected world, kids unfortunately, can no longer leave bullies on the playground. Cyberbullying is not new, it has been around long before Myspace was a ‘thing’ and Tamagotchis were the latest gadget. Cyberbullying allows individuals to hurl insults towards their victims, all while sitting safely behind the comfort of their screen – more often than not, using a pseudo account to remain anonymous.
A 2020 cyberbullying survey conducted by Ditch the Label, found that out of 12,387 students, 27% have described their bullying experiences as cyberbullying. While nearly one in five (19%) of the students between the ages of 10 and 15 experienced cyberbullying – that’s 762,000 students in the UK alone. 77% of the children in the study stated that they suffered severe mental health issues as a result.
What does cyberbullying look like?
It’s important for us to understand and know what signs to look out for. Therefore, here are a few ways in which children or teenagers may be exposed to cyberbullying:
How to tell if a child is being cyberbullied?
In most cases, a child will often not tell their parents, guardians or teachers about the events for fear of making their situation worse. According to an article published by Understood.org, here are a few telltale signs a child may be suffering from online harassment:
If you notice any of the above signs, it’s time to sit down and have a calm, supportive conversation with them. Express your concerns and that you are there to help them through anything without judgement or anger. Hopefully, this will help them to feel comfortable enough to open up. Alternatively, speaking to their teachers or seeking the help of a professional may be in order.
What to do if a child is being cyberbullied?
It’s understandable that as a caregiver, your protective instincts kick in and one may be tempted to react in anger, but try to remember that being a good role model (especially in this situation), will benefit your child both long and short term. Here are some steps you can take:
How does YEO help to prevent cyberbullying?
With various messaging apps, kids are spoilt for choice when it comes to online communication. However, not all apps are created with the mission to stop cyberbullying in their tracks. Here’s why YEO’s features prevent cyberbullying:
Here are a few other resources to check out:
It’s important to remember that in a world where we can communicate with one another on various platforms, we have to be responsible when it comes to children navigating the online world. YEO strives to keep all our users safe from cyberbullying and malicious messages – in fact, it is one of the main reasons we created the app. With privacy comes responsibility and trust and we are here to enforce it.
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