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5 Warning Signs Your Child is Being Cyber Bullied

Parents and educators should be able to spot common warning signs of cyber bullying. With the ever-increasing rate at which technology is available it only stands to reason one should expect an increase in cyber bullying.
Because cyber bullying is usually experienced at an age when parents can expect their child to act differently it can be difficult to tell the difference between a bad mood and warning signs your child is being cyber bullied. If you have doubts, be sure to strike up a conversation with your son or daughter and let them know they are free to ask for your help.

Warning Signs of Cyber Bullying

1. Symptoms of Withdrawal: Has your child veered from their normal routine? A few symptoms to look for include constantly waking up later than usual or sleeping more, not hanging out with their normal crowd of friends, or exhibiting a lack of emotion while at home.
2. First-Hand Bullying: If you know your child has already experienced bullying first-hand then the odds that your child is being bullied online are much higher. Bullies don't just stop bullying once school lets out -- they have access to tablets, smartphones, and computers which let them bully people online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
3. Low Self-Esteem: Both teachers and parents should be able to notice if a student or a child is exhibiting symptoms of low self-esteem. It could be something as simple as your daughter making a comment about being too fat even though she's a perfectly healthy size. Children, not too different from adults, can be very passive-aggressive in the way they ask for help.
4. Extra Aggression: Another cyber bullying warning sign to look out for is added aggression in your child or student. Teachers, are your normally passive students getting involved in verbal or physical altercations at school? Parents, are your sons or daughters stomping around your house and screaming at each other more than usual? It may be another warning sign of online bullying.
5. Lower Grades: When kids are cyber bullied many tend to lose focus on homework and extra-curricular activities. If your A-student is getting C's or D's on a regular basis it might time to speak with them about any problems they might be having.
This list contains only a few of the warning signs of cyber bullying that you should look for. Other warning signs to look out for include drug or alcohol use, skipping school, or health problems. It is very important to remember that as a parent or teacher your kids should be able to trust you. Make it clear to them that you will provide a safe environment free of judgement and they will be more likely to open up to you.

Please Share Your Cyber Bullying Stories!

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Cyber Bullying Fact: More than 50% of all American teens have experienced cyber bullying.
Have you experienced cyber bullying? Have your children or students asked you questions about cyber bullying? We would love for you to share your cyber bullying stories with us. We believe that by creating a list of personal experiences related to cyber bullying we can learn from them and pass that learning on to younger generations.
If you were a victim, participant, or even the cyber bully we would like to hear your side. You can find the contact form on the right hand side of the page, or just click here to submit your cyber bullying story.

Should You Let Your Kids Watch the New Weinstein Company Movie "Bully"?

First allow me to clarify. I do not have kids so I will not pretend to know what is best for your children, but having been bullied throughout my formative years I cannot help but demonstrate a strong reaction to the subject.
I had a hard time believing the news after learning the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) refused to lower their R-rating of the Weinstein Company's new movie Bully. Then I learned something surprisingly horrifying:
Cyber Bullying Fact: The MPAA is nothing but an anonymous group of parents based in the Los Angeles area assigning movie ratings using applied "family values".
Why does that bother me so? Until yesterday I had naively believed the MPAA was a legitimate association who used some type of advanced algorithm to assign ratings based on a specific set of criteria. It scares me to think that this secretive group can determine what "family values" are for general American public.
Their decision to give the movie an R-rating effectively disenfranchised the youth who would stand to benefit from viewing it. The Weinstein Company has since decided to release the movie unrated but has struck up a deal with AMC to show the film at select theaters.
I do not expect a majority of teenagers to enter the theater with an open mind, in fact I think quite the opposite. Call me a pessimist (though I prefer realist) but I think a lot of teens would want to see this movie for a good laugh. The optimist in me though, however small it may be, also believes that at least a few of those same teens may choose to treat others differently after being exposed to both sides of the bullying.
I do hope you choose to allow your children or students to view and learn from this film. Please talk to your kids about bullying and make sure they know how their actions can affect others in ways many teens cannot comprehend without some quality guidance.

Watch the official Bully trailer below: