The OnlineThem – a first of its kind, revolutionary social media behaviour monitoring tool – has launched in the UK today, enabling parents to discover any risks their children are being exposed to online and if their child is being cyberbullied.
To raise awareness of the seriousness of cyberbullying and the impact not just on victims, but the wider family and online community, OnlineThem has teamed up with cyberbullying charity, The Cybersmile Foundation and psychotherapist Rob Stewart, to provide real world advice for parents handling the fallout of an online attack.
The Cyberbullying Toolkit guides parents through, offering unique advice about how to stop bullies in their tracks, plus nurturing and healing remedies to move their child forward from experience. The guide includes the following sections:
“Anyone can be a perpetrator. A neighbour, friend at school or a complete stranger”
Cyberbullies can reach children through live webcams, pre-recorded video, images and hacking, plus many more platforms and communication methods. But, there’s a difference between bullying and assertiveness and for developing minds, the two are easily confused. We give parents the tools to set boundaries, nurture emotional intelligence and explain how safeguarding now will allow a child’s confidence to flourish later in life.
“Children can engage in conversations without feeling that their opinions are belittled or damaged by those who disagree”
Up to the age of five children lack ‘Theory of Mind’ and struggle to understand the perspective of others. We help parents educate children about empathetic behaviour online and how to identify assertiveness and aggression. We also discover how social media is impacting a child’s self worth and is increasingly used to determine their value, and shape their identity.
“Children’s responses to parents intervening, or enquiring about their behavior online, can be categorised into these themes: defense, aggression, indifference, ambivalence, and acceptance”
We reveal the twelve cyberbullying warning signs. The manifestation of stress can impact a child’s behaviour, mood and routine, but they won’t always necessarily ask for help. In this instance, it’s up to parents to act on intuition and gather evidence. We review the failings of restricting internet access, plus how to monitor their activity respectfully. We reflect on victim blaming, and how to employ a healthy healing regime.
“The cyberbully’s punishment cannot be decided by the parents of the victim”
We give parents the techniques to calmly and methodically evidence cyberbullying, and discuss the safest moment to intervene and protect the child from further harm or damage. We also reflect on the appropriateness of making contact with the cyberbully, plus when to involve other adults, the school and the police, and if deleting social profiles will prevent any further trauma.
“Did you see anything interesting online today?”
We teach parents about how to keep talking to children, using friendly, inclusive language that breaks down barriers and secrecy. Initiating non accusatory conversations is your best protection against ongoing bullying and restoring a child’s self esteem after an online attack, whether it’s cyberbullying, or an assertive confrontation.
Download your free copy of The Cyberbullying Toolkit now to safeguard your family against the threat of cyberbullying.