According to a report published in Comparitech.com, Indian parents were among the highest to accept that their children were cyber-bullied at some point of time and these numbers grew from 2011 to 2018.
According to 2007 Pew Research, “32 per cent of teens have been victims of some type of cyberbullying. Nearly a decade later, a 2016 study by the Cyberbullying Research Center found those numbers were almost unchanged.”
Cyberbullying Research Center, which has been collecting data on the subject since 2002, stated that the numbers have doubled since 2007.
Google Trends data indicates much more attention is focused on cyberbullying than ever before. The volume of searches for “cyberbullying” increased threefold since 2004
Looking at the increasing number of cyberbullying cases in India, Pune365 spoke to citizens experts, and parents to gauge their views.
A city Based Cyber Expert Gautam Phadke says, Cyberbullying occurs on digital devices like cellphones, computers, tabs etc. It can take place with a simple text message, applications or a social media network
This can Include gaming where people who play in groups share their details and/or any content.
Posting, or sharing negative content, sending harmful, false, or mean content about someone else and also sharing personal or private information about someone else which can cause embarrassment to that individual is cyberbullying.
The most common points of cyberbullying include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and other social networks, besides on Emails and text messages.
Talking about Indian children bullied, Phadke says, “ Parents must be aware of what their kids are doing with their devices.
The child may be involved in bullying in several ways, or even being bullied by someone else. The more digital usage a child has, the more prone they are for cyberbullying.
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Radhika Kale, Parents says, “Am a working parent and could barely spend time with my kids. whenever am home, the kids are always on digital devices and it is impossible to know what are they so engrossed with. Most often, they’re found playing games on the phone.
So far I have not noticed any change in behaviour, despite not spending enough time with the kids. We have always reassured them about they can share anything and everything that is bothering them, she added.
Girish Mishra, senior professional and parent say, No matter how busy i am, I ensure that we have at least a few hours a day together.
The most important thing to deal with such issues is to maintain a friendly relationship with your kids. Let them know that they can come up anytime and talk to you about everything.
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