Alexander Bain InstituteInterdisciplinary ProgrammeCyber bullyingandThe Use of SocialNetworks For ChildrenUnder 13 Years OldTamara Luna Alfaro6thBL. N: 14ConversationMiss Monica AlvarezMonday, April 29th, 2013
Bullies have beenaround forever. Technology hasgiven them a tool tobully people withouteven showing theirface.
Bullies bully for manyreasons. Most want to feelbetter while makingothers feel inferior. They don’t evenhave to show theirface through acomputer.
Alcohol and drugs. Skipping school. Poor grades. Low self-esteem. Anxiety ordepression. In extreme cases,suicide.
Parents mayestablish rules suchas what kids can do,where they can go,who they can talk to,etc. Parents maycheck this regularly. Kids should followthese rules.
Some socialnetworks arespecifically for kidsunder 13 years old. Others are not.
Harmful becausekids could interactwith bad people orexperience cyberbullying. Useful because it is afree and simple wayof communicationbetween youngpeople.
Pros:- Free way ofcommunication- Safe if used properly- Keeps people closerCons:- Unsafe if usedimproperly- Even worse if kidsdon’t know how touse it
All social networkshave many privacysettings. Parents and tutorsmay set these to bethe safest possible. They may regularlycheck the child’spage or profile, chat,friends, posts, etc.