Social Media and Technology are a concern for parents and guardians and for us at Safer Tomorrow for two main reasons.
- Cyber Bullying
What is Cyber Bullying?
Cyber Bullying is to harass or intimidate someone through the use of technology and social media. This includes text messages, online chat rooms, social media platforms such as twitter and facebook and instant messaging services such as whatsapp and snapchat amongst many others.
The trouble with cyber bullying is multifold.
The bully can reach the children and teenagers even in their safe zone ie their homes, through the internet and their phones.
It is persistent. The child is exposed to it 24/7. Whereas traditional styles of bullying are limited to time and place, there is no such restriction to cyber bullying
The material used to bully the victim can be used as blackmail. It can be easily sent to the victim’s social circles with a single click. This makes the results of cyberbullying even more devastating for the victims. It makes it more difficult to “live it down” and start fresh.
What is Grooming?
Grooming with reference to social media and technology is the process by which a person establishes and develops an emotional contact with children and teenagers. This person slowly develops and builds trust with these young people with the purpose of eventually sexually abusing or exploiting them or using them for human trafficking. Grooming is not just restricted to girls, boys have been targets of grooming also.
According to the NSPCC in the UK, groomers can be strangers or someone the child knows and it can happen face to face or online.
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