Recently Hueya’s Privacy Director, Charlie, wrote an article about his personal experience with cyberbullying.
In Charlie’s story, part of what made his experience so difficult was the amount of time it took his parents to realize he was in danger. By the time they were aware he’d already suffered weeks of abuse.
Since posting his experience, one of the biggest questions we’ve received surrounds what parents can do to support their kids and discover the stressors in their kid’s lives before they reach an extreme level.
Communication is Key
As noted in the first cyberbullying post, communication between parent and child is of great importance. Yet, this can often be made difficult by a kid’s unwillingness to share their struggles with parents. Kids want to be independent. They want to handle their own lives.
What if, however, the problem becomes too large for a child to handle on their own?
Charlie’s case isn’t rare–many kids find themselves in situations they can’t fix on their own. They find themselves in need of support. Someone to say, “this has gone too far”.
Even as many kids desire independence, they are still developing emotionally, psychologically, and physically, and therefore need the helping hand of an adult.
They need the support of a trusted loved one.
Collaboration, Not Invasive Monitoring
That’s why Hueya has chosen to enter the family online security field with a unique view on how to have a positive impact. Our tools are built to bring engagement between parents and kids. Our goal is to bring transparency, collaboration, and visibility, not invasive monitoring and snooping, because these sorts of tools only breed distrust and create reason for kids to hide their social struggles. The data shows most kids know how to interact online in secrecy and get around monitoring tools.
There has to be a better way to solve a kid’s social distress.
Prevention is the Solution
To hear Charlie tell his story one thing becomes clear: trust wrapped up in a caring parental relationship is key to reaching a kid early on, before they’ve lost control of a cyberbullying situation.
The best way to to do this is through preventative solutions:
- Have monthly conversations with your family about social media, what is being exposed, and the dangers.
- Ask questions: getting short, one word answers can be frustrating, but setting a tone of openness will give your young one freedom to come to you when in need.
- Ask your kids to let you see their social accounts: not so you can pry, but because you’re interested in their online life.
- Know the signs that your kid might be experiencing cyberbullying.
- Sign up for Hueya’s preventative online safety tools: the only tools on the market built to prevent cyberbullying and create engagement between parents and kids.
Remember, the key is building trust. It’s important your kids know their safety is the utmost importance to you and that you aren’t looking to control every aspect of their lives.
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