Have you noticed your child is more withdrawn? Sad? Fearful? In general just not the happy little kid you know? Chances are he/she might be getting bullied. It is estimated that 160,000 kids skip school every day because they’re afraid they’ll be bullied again. There are some tell-tale signs for you, provided by bullyingstatistics.org, to tell if your child’s being bullied including:
- Becoming withdrawn
- Showing fear when it is time to go to school
- Increasing signs of depression
- Decline in school performance
- Speaking of another child with fear
- Noticeable decline in how the child sees him or herself
- Signs of physical altercations, such as bruises, scrapes and other marks
No child should have to go through any of these awful issues, but according to a Make a Sound for a Voice Unheard article, American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million victims of bullying.
This statistic and any like it are way too high and there needs to be something done to combat this issue. If you’re a parent you probably remember the bullies of your childhood. Stealing lunch money, taking your seat on the bus, pushing you into a locker; the bullies of today aren’t like these bullies. With the advancement of technology we’ve gotten a lot of good, but with the good comes the bad. Cyber bullying is a serious issue, with over 25 percent of children being bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the internet.
How do we contest this epidemic? First we have to teach these children that what they say and do cannot be taken back and will never be forgotten. Their actions do have real repercussions and effects on people. One teacher did an activity that perfectly demonstrated this point and more teacher should be following this lead. A student wrote,
“One time in like 5th grade I had this teacher and she gave us all bottles of s#!t like this and told us to squeeze it all out and of course we were like f%$k yeah and did it and then she said, “Now, try and shove it all back in the container.” Of course we all tried, and then stared at her confused as s#!t. When we all obviously gave up, she said, “In the moment, you were so consumed with what you were doing that you didn’t realize the mess you were making. Then, after it was so quickly and easily poured out, you realize it is impossible to put it all back in. Remember this for the rest of your lives when it comes to the words that come out of your mouth.”
We can hope all we want that this won’t happen anymore, but we all know that’s just a pipe dream. We need to be diligent and protect our children. By using cell phone monitoring software, like Auto Forward, you can see exactly what is going on on your kid’s phone. You can see every text, call, email, social media activity and more. Using this you can figure out if your kids being the bully or the bullied and fix the situation right away.
Parenting in this generation is tricky. With all the new technology available everything keeps evolving, including methods of bullying. Keeping up with the times is the only way to keep up with these kids and keep them safe and cell phone monitoring software is the technology to keep up with this generation.