Mental health group KidsMatter is urging parents to use the national day against bullying to chat with their children about their online activities.
About 2000 Australian schools have signed up to take part in the fourth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday.
The aim of the day is to help children prevent and intervene in cases of bullying before they go too far.
KidsMatter psychologist Dr Lyn O’Grady told AAP regular, ongoing and non-confrontational conversations between parents and children were best, ‘getting kids to know it’s OK to talk about it (and) you won’t ban them from using (social media),’ she said.
According to KidsMatter, about one in five children have reported being victims of cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying can have serious mental health effects and, to many of its child victims, can seem inescapable.
Dr O’Grady says that’s not surprising, considering how many children use the internet.
Cyberbullying can be more pervasive than bullying in the schoolyard and can ‘happen where you are’, she said.
Bully Zero chief executive Oscar Yildiz is encouraging kids to shut off and ‘detox’ from social media for 48 hours.
‘It’s a serious issue,’ he told Macquarie Radio on Friday.
‘By 2020, the challenge with social media will be the biggest issue facing Australians.’
But Dr O’Grady said shutting off all technology could leave children socially ostracised in the digital era.
The National Day of Action focuses on all types of bullying and violence impacting children.
This year Facebook, in partnership with anti-bullying group Project Rockit, will hold a safety workshop for Sydney high school students.
OK people, somebody out there has got to stop for just a second and really think about this article.
This issue has become so bad that there is now a national day against bullying. And they suggest that you use this day as an opportunity to chat with your children about their online activities. Lets just review a couple of these incredulous statements:
- ‘By 2020, the challenge with social media will be the biggest issue facing Australians.’ and the only thing we can do about it is have a chat with our kids!! Is that all?
- ‘It’s a serious issue,’ he told Macquarie Radio on Friday and all we can do it chat about it!!
- Cyberbullying can have serious mental health effects and, to many of its child victims, can seem inescapable. Serious mental health effects – and all we can do is chat about it!!
And then after all this they say don’t ban them from it or else they may feel ostracised. They clearly must be insane.
Why? Let’s look at this logically. If the issue here was not social media but lets say alcohol, would we treat it the same way? If the alcohol was causing serious mental health issues (and it does) would we just chat to our alcoholic children about it or would we take the alcohol away?
The fact is that social media was never intended for children. Many adults cannot cope with this virtual world so how can we imagine that our children ever would?
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