Manychildren are engaging in cyberbullying due to inadequate parentalsupervision. Most parents fail to check the online behavior of theirchildren regularly despite the fact that their consent is required inmany social media platforms that are accessed by the kids. Therefore,parents should be responsible since they have the ability to controlwhat their children can access. More so, a parent should be heldcriminally liable if their child is cyberbullying others because itcan have traumatic effects on both the bully and the victim.
Cyberbullyingoccurs due to some reasons. Most children engage in cyberbullying asan act of revenge. Being subjected to bullying makes them view thesame as a natural act. More often, they tend to look for targets thatseem weaker. Parents, therefore, need to consult their children toknow whether they have been subjected to the same. Other kidspractice cyber bullying just to boost their ego and for entertainmentpurposes. Such children do so because their parents do not monitortheir online activities, and they believe they cannot be caught. Inaddition, some bullies engage in the act to get the attention theyfail to get from their parents or their families.
Asingle act of cyberbullying can lower the victim`s self-esteem. Theirself-identity as competent individuals who can protect themselves iswounded. Such feelings may last a lifetime if they are not wellhandled. Cyberbullying leads to increased anxiety and depressionsince the victims feel they have lost control of their lives. Suchvictims may end up committing suicide especially when they feel thatpeople around them are not helping in any way. Children who engage incyberbullying are likely to also engage in such behavior in theiradult lives.
Guardianscan control the online practices of their children (Cross, Barnes,Papageorgiou, Hadwen, Hearn, & Lester 109). However, some of themdo not bother to do so. To prevent cyberbullying, they need to keepup with the changing technology. Guardians should be able to use thevarious social media platforms that their children have access to.They should obtain information regarding the parental controls forall the equipment that their kids use to access the internet. Moreso, each parent should help his or her child to understand how tocome up with responsible decisions regarding the use of the web. Forexample, they can set reasonable limits and guidelines.
Somecritics have argued that parents should not be held responsible fortheir children`s cyberbullying behaviors. However, it should be clearthat failing to control the children shows how the parents are notliable. It ‘displays` their poor parenting and supervision skills.Parents are held accountable for their children`s behavior byparental liability laws. For example, according to Massachusetts` lawon the same,” it is the responsibility of a guardian to take careof their children to prevent them from imposing pain to other peopleeither intentionally or negligently.” (Matthiesen, Wickert, &Lehrer 201).
Inconclusion, cyber bullying can lead to demoralizing effects to bothparties (bully and victim). Bullies can end up engaging in similarpractices in their adult life while the victims may be subjected tosevere anxiety and depression. Many social media platforms requirethe consent of parents. Therefore, it parents should be held liablefor any cyberbullying practices that their children engage in.
Cross,D., Barnes, A., Papageorgiou, A., Hadwen, K., Hearn, L., &Lester, L. (2015). A social–ecological framework for understandingand reducing cyberbullying behaviours. Aggressionand Violent Behavior.
Matthiesen,Wickert, and S. C. Lehrer. "Parental Responsibility Laws in All50 States." ARS12 (2014): 661.
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