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cyberbullying isn’t going away
Our kids are highly active online. They’re digital natives. This is the world they are growing up in. Safety is always a concern, just like it was for us. I want my kids to be safe when they are online, so I want them to be aware of cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is using an electronic device to intimidate, threaten or humiliate another. It’s bullying in a digital world, and it can be done 24/7.
As parents, we need to proactively watch for signs of cyberbullying. Ninety percent of teens surveyed believe cyberbullying is a problem that affects people their age.
Signs of cyberbullying teens may show:
💻 Suddenly stop using their computer, tablet, or phone, even though they’ve always enjoyed it.
💻 Seem nervous when receiving a text or notification.
💻 Shut down their devices when family members approach them.
💻 Allude to bullying without directly saying they are being bullied. Maybe your child talks about drama at school or their lack of friends.
💻 Withdraw from technology, friends, or family.
If you see these signs, don’t just assume they act this way because they are teens. While that may be the case, something deeper may be happening.
when everything seems to be falling apart
“Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin nailed it. But I think he forgot one more inevitability… change.
Change will undoubtedly happen multiple times throughout your life. Some changes are planned, like taking a new job or moving. Some changes are unplanned, like losing a loved one or a job.
When unexpected change hits hard, we often feel like life is falling apart.
The idea of life falling apart in and of itself is very subjective and personal. There’s no standard for what it looks like.
Here are 5 things you can do to help:
1. Take a break.
2. Embrace the present.
3. Connect with others.
4. Evaluate what you can control.
5. Practice self-care.
One single step can lead you in the right direction.