When bullying involved face-to-face encounters, witnesses and victims could take positive However, abusive attacks that occur via online technology are more difficult to prevent because students are constantly vulnerable.
Victims don’t often know how to stop digital harassment without abandoning the Internet altogether and that’s not likely. On top of that, any of their friends who may be aware of the bullying are less likely to report it for fear of becoming the next target. Moreover, parents who are not as technically proficient as their children may be ill-prepared to recognize cyberbullying.
Cybernews says that, for parents, the first step in stopping cyberbullying—as well as in-person provocation—is to know how to recognize the symptoms. Victims often have trouble fitting in, have few friends, and may be:
- Reluctant to go to school
- Suspicious of others
- Secretive about their online activities
- Emotional or upset after going online
Sadness, difficulty sleeping, recurring headaches, stomachache, skin problems, and academic problems also are warning signs of online harassment.
And at its most tragic, cyberbullying may play a role in the increase of tween and teen suicide and self-harm.