How many of you remembered bullied as a teen? It’s happens to most of us. One or two girls would cause havoc in our lives. It was pretty miserable and we couldn’t wait for it to end.
Bullying has been around for centuries, but in today’s world, our cyber technology has taken it to a whole new level. Teens are getting cyber-bullied at the click of a mouse and it’s ruining their lives. Many teens feel that their life isn’t worth living because of this kind of bullying. It’s killing them.
What is it? How can it be prevented? Is your daughter or granddaughter being bullied? How can you help her, or any teen girl who you know when they are
Cyberbullying is defined by using electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages that intimidate or threaten them. By using social network sites to spread the gossip and rumors, the torment can quickly spiral out of control.
So if you know someone who is being bullied, they are probably being cyber-bullied too. Here are a few suggestions to help her through these attacks.
- Encourage her to change her email address and only give it out to trusted people.
- Encourage her to change account settings on social sites to private. This gives her control on who can post on their pages.
- If she is receiving large amounts of threatening texts or voicemails, change her cell phone number.
- Encourage her not to respond to a cyber-bully with anger. It only fuels the attacks.
- Keep evidence of the cyber attacks. You might need it if the bullying turns from cyber to physical.
- Keep reminding her that this is temporary and it will soon pass. And even though in her eyes, it seems like a lifetime, it’s not.
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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Terry Squires is a veteran author and creator of many gift products for teens and adults. She is the author/creator of the bestselling TodaysGirls.com series of twelve mysteries and a journal for teen girls. She also authored the Communicate Christ series, God’s Stories-My First Thoughts, Bible Stories for Bedtime and now introduces the ONE Impact Bible Bible published by Zondervan.
In addition to a busy writing schedule, Terry speaks nationally and mentors thousands of teen girls on her online ministry, TodaysGirls.com. She is a BSN graduate of Valparaiso University and is a RN. Terry lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is married to Ted Squires. Together, they have four grown sons, three grandsons, and a boston terrier named, Reagan.
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