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Signs your child may be a cyberbullying victim

If your child’s behavior has changed recently, you may be concerned, especially if you feel that the internet may be adding to their problems. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the internet itself isn’t the problem, but that other children may be one. Your child or teenager may be the victim of cyberbullying, and if so, it could be affecting their day to day life. This article will discuss signs to watch for that may indicate that your child is a victim of cyberbullying. As a parent, you should carefully monitor your child for these behavior changes, as well as any other emotional issues that may develop after internet use.

Depression: Watch your child carefully for depression, changes in mood, and a general air of sadness or anxiety. These could all be signs that your child is being bullied. If you notice these symptoms, be sure to ask your child about what’s going on both online and offline. If they’re being bullied, you need to know so that you can take action. Any type of emotional change could mean that your child is having problems on the internet, so be sure to keep your finger on your family’s emotional pulse.

Behavior Changes: If your child regularly exhibits changes in behavior after internet usage, you should try to figure out why. These behavior changes may be a sign that your child is being propositioned, abused, or bullied over the internet. Ask them questions about what they’re experiencing online, and be prepared to help them report the bullying if necessary. Your local law enforcement office, school, or internet service provider should be able to help you if your child is being harassed.

Sudden Increase in Internet Usage: If you notice a sharp increase in your child’s internet usage, text messaging, or online chatting, be sure to observe carefully. The sudden increase in communication could mean that they are engaged in heated arguments or flame wars with their harassers. If you find that your formerly non-social teen is suddenly sending messages rapid-fire, it may be something to keep your eye on.

Sudden Decrease in Internet Usage: Similarly, if you notice a sharp decrease in your child’s normal internet usage patterns, be alert. They may be staying away from the internet to avoid being harassed. If your child is a regular chatter or text messager and usage stops completely, you should probably ask a few questions to determine what’s going on. If your child refuses to explain or cooperate, you might have to consider installing parental control software to help you solve the mystery. If your child is being bullied, it’s extremely important that you take action as soon as possible to help keep the situation from getting worse.

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Teenagers and MultiPlayer Gaming

If you have a teenager at home, chances are you’re aware of multiplayer gaming. This new type of video game sports awesome graphics, personal interaction, and a first-person point of view. Unfortunately, many of the games are also very violent and encourage the player to kill his opponent as quickly as possible in the most violent way possible. Whether you’re opposed to videogame violence or not, you should be aware of the danger of multiplayer gaming.

Videogame programs such as Xbox live and Nintendo Wii allow teens to talk to other gamers as they play. If these video games are played without privacy controls, however, the nature of the game can quickly change .Unless privacy controls are enabled, any player can speak to your child about any topic in a private medium. For this reason, it is extremely important that you make sure the privacy controls are set correctly on your console. Otherwise, any player of any age could be speaking to your child about any topic they choose.

Another issue with multiplayer games is the social aspect. Many teens play each day with the same players, who they know only by usernames. This makes it impossible to determine other players actual ages or genders. The new friend your child is making may not be a friend at all, but instead, an adult attempting to groom them. For this reason, it is a wise idea to limit your child to only playing multiplayer games with people he knows in real life.

To keep your child safe, while allowing them to play the games they love, you need to set a few guidelines. First, be aware of which games your child plays. Note the ratings and content, and choose games that are appropriate for your child’s age and maturity level. Limit the amount of time your teen spends playing video games each day. Talk to your teen about the importance of privacy, and the risks of giving out personal information over their game console. If your child plays games over the Internet, consider muting or disabling the chat function.

By paying careful attention to what your teen is doing when they play multiplayer games, you are acting to keep them safe. Take advantage of the privacy controls that are available on your gaming system, and be sure to let your teenager screen time. Video games are designed to be both entertaining and addictive. As a parent, it’s your job to set limits and keep your teenagers safe.

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