Experts Around The World Warn Parents To Be Vigilant As Cyberbullying Increases During Lockdown
In Australia, the eSafety Commissioner reported a 50% rise in incidents of cyberbullying during the first three weeks of the lockdown. If you or any of your family are affected by anything touched on within this article, follow the links to our various support services or click on the blue logo icon at the bottom right of the screen to start using Cybersmile Assistant, our smart AI support assistant.
Experts around the world have warned parents to be vigilant as incidents of cyberbullying and online abuse have increased during the enforced lockdown.
For many young people, the lockdown means they are now enjoying extended time online playing video games, using social media, streaming or just keeping in touch with friends. However, reports are emerging of increasing numbers of cyberbullying incidents following the global incentive to ‘stay at home’ in the fight against COVID19. Experts warn that parents need to be extra vigilant now that many young people are spending more time online at home than normal.
“Now more than ever, we need to encourage young people to be responsible online. In addition to Cybersmile’s support services being a great support channel for those needing advice, our education programs can help parents and caregivers to deliver engaging learning experiences and develop meaningful dialogue at home during the current restrictions.”
Dan Raisbeck, Co-founder, The Cybersmile Foundation
In Australia, the eSafety Commissioner reported a 50% rise in incidents of cyberbullying during the first three weeks of the lockdown. Prime Minister, Scott Morrison spoke of the increased risk presented to children, stating “Your children will be online more than they ever have been, and that means they are at risk more often than they ever have been online.”
The U.S based Cyberbullying Research Center has issued guidance for educators on how to engage with students effectively during the crisis. They suggest that young people studying at home should be encouraged to be mindful of their online interactions and to be respectful to others online. They also recommend asking students to ensure they report any abuse or bullying they may experience.
“Let them know that you totally get that their worlds have been turned upside down, but that we need to be kind to each other even more so because of the situation we find ourselves in.”
Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center
Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, Cybersmile have seen an uptick in demand for support relating to gaming, cyberbullying and anxiety related issues. In a recent announcement, Cybersmile offered all internet users including parents, educators and caregivers free access to our full education program as well as round-the-clock support from Cybersmile Assistant – our smart AI support assistant. Cybersmile’s education program offers engaging on and offline learning options for internet people of all ages and includes modules such as Positive Gaming, Parental Guidance, LGBT Awareness, Digital Civility, Gender Awareness, Enhancing Empathy and many more.
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