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How to detect and prevent cyberbullying or cyberbullying

In Latin America, seven out of ten children and adolescents are victims of cyberbullying and One in five young people stopped attending school because they suffered some type of online harassment, according to Unicef ​​data.

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The report further revealed that 71% of those surveyed consider that online harassment occurs mainly in the social media.

What is cyberbullying

It is harassment or intimidation through digital technologies. It can be given through any platform or social network with the aim of frightening, humiliating or intimidating another person.

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In this context, stalking may spread private content, such as photos or videos of the victim; or that he sends her messages with insults or threats.

Both analog and virtual bullying can cause damage to the person’s psyche. In the case of cyberbullying, there is a digital footprint that reveals the mistreatment and that can be used as evidence to make the relevant complaints.

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In the framework of International Day Against School Harassment or Bullyingestablished by said entity, it is important to raise awareness about this risk and how to prevent it.

How to detect that a child is a victim of bullyingtaking into account the recommendations shared by the ICT Ministry of Colombia:

-mood swings They are one of the main alarm signals. When a child is irritable, short-tempered, or sad for no reason, she may be being bullied.

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-Insulation it is also an alert, when they prefer to avoid certain people or state that they do not want to go to school, it may be due to a possible attack, since their own classmates may be harassing them through social networks or mobile and messaging applications.

-Stay away from online gaming and mobile devices too it may indicate that the minor does not feel comfortable or safe when surfing the Internet and prefers to avoid it.

How to prevent cyberbullying

Major Adrian Emid Vega, head of the Cybernetic Center of the Colombian National Police, affirms that some strategies that fathers and mothers can use to protect their children are the following:

-Install the computer in a visible and easily accessible place of transit for adults so they can monitor their children’s online activities.

-Configure privacy options in social networks and messaging applications instant, use parental control applications and allow them to use social networks according to the ages for whom they are directed.

Other recommendations

-It is important that fathers and mothers have a good dialogue with their children to alert them in time to any situation of harassment and offer them their support.

Older adults need to know about how online bullying happens to be able to anticipate any situation.

-Talk about digital harassment and measures to fight it with minors. There are different sites that offer educational tools on this topic, such as Faro Digital, Unicef ​​or Argentina Cibersegura, EnTiConfio of the ICT Ministry of Colombia or this page of the Mexican government dedicated to raising awareness about cyberbullying.

-Report bullying or cyberbullying. The victim can file a complaint with a prosecutor’s office, police station or the corresponding entity to take these cases.

The complaint contributes to curbing the increase in this type of situation that can be so harmful to both minors and adults. It is important to exercise responsible use of social networks and the different digital platforms available.

Google’s option to have secure environments on the network

According to a study carried out by UNICEF in 2021 on children between 11 and 17 years old, the safety of young people on the Internet becomes increasingly relevant due to the hyperconnectivity that children and young people are facing, who have faced risks while surfing the web: 42% have received erotic/sexual content, 52% have accepted friend invitations from strangers, and 21% have agreed to meet these people they have met online.

This initiative was developed by Movilizatorio, in the company of Google and other organizations, with the aim of publicizing a toolbox so that those who make decisions understand the importance of acting against web browsing from a pedagogical point of view and not prohibitionist.

According to a study carried out by UNICEF in 2021 on children between 11 and 17 years old, the safety of young people on the Internet becomes increasingly relevant due to the hyperconnectivity that children and young people are facing, who have faced risks while browsing the web: 42% have received erotic/sexual content, 52% have accepted friend invitations from strangers and 21% have agreed to meet these people they have met online.

“This initiative has managed to raise awareness about the importance of knowing and using tools that strengthen critical thinking, assertive communication, care of personal information, in addition to learning programming for safe and secure digital environments. fun as online games, free of charge, to children and young people throughout the country”, assured Juliana Uribe, CEO of Movilizatorio, the social transformation laboratory that leads the project.

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