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7 Ways To Avoid Cyberbullying

7 Ways To Avoid Cyberbullying

Have you noticed your child being too private about his/her online activity? This could be one of the fist signs you child is being cyberbullied.

Cyberbullying is a rapidly growing issue, being among one of the dangerous online issues, it has became one of the top suicide factors for teens.

Online bullying is pretty much the same as traditional bullying, except cyberbullying happens with the help of modern technologies like computers and smartphones. According to the latest statistics kids spend around 4 hours a day online, with 80% of the time via smartphones, making them one of the most common mediums for cyberbullying.

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Children aged 7-17 harass and torment each other online, using social media, IM chats and traditional texting. Some of the most frightening statistics on cyberbullying are included below:

• More than 45% of children admit to be bullied online
• 70% admit to witness someone else being bullied but were too scared to do anything
• 93% of cyberbullying attacks are being held via commenting or chatting in social media chats like Facebook or Instagram
• Online bullying victims are 3 to 9 times more likely to commit suicide
• Only 1 out 10 online victims will report their parents or teachers

The problem of cyberbullying was first raised in 2012, after the death of Amanda Todd who was severely cyberbullied. McAfee chief officer reported in her interview that 1 in 10 kids have been cyberbullied without their parents knowing.

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    7 Ways You Can Prevent Cyberbullying:

    Talk.

    It is no secret that the key to understanding children is very often a simple conversation. Ask your kid/student what online bullying is, does he/she know anyone who is being bullied and so on. This is a famous psychological trick when a child refers to “a friend” when talking about his/her own problems.

    Monitor online activity.

    While you can trust your child, you cannot trust all of the Internet’s users. Monitoring online activity is a necessary precaution rule for both parents and teachers. The best smartphone monitoring is presented with Pumpic.com a parental control app, which allows you to monitor social media, IM chats, all calls and text messages and even track real-time location of your child, using GPS navigator. As for PC, the best known app is sociallyactive.com, a PC monitoring app that allows you to view browser behavior and block inappropriate websites.

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    Engage youth and parents.

    You can start cyberbullying awareness by creating a club or community against cyberbullying. Establish a school online safety community where kids can discuss their problems and report online attacks. Kids need to know that there is help and they are not alone in this fight.

    Create a positive climate.

    Unlike parents, schools can do a lot to prevent cyberbullying. Teachers can participate in anti-cyberbullying community, create weekly meetings and even send e-newsletters. Kids can be mixed in groups and given mutual tasks against online bullying to create awareness around the problem.

    Become a community volunteer.

    Volunteering in an anti-cyberbullying community will help you understand the problem. You can redirect bullies’ behavior and identify the victims with the necessary experience on the ground.

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    Use the celebrity card.

    Kids idolize their teen celebrities and copy them in almost everything. To our joy, there are teen celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and others who support online victims by sharing their personal bullying stories in popular social media like Twitter and Facebook.

    Restore self-respect.

    It is important to remember that your goal as a parent or teachers is to restore the child’s self-respect. Fast decisions won’t do any good, you need to act thoroughly. Talk to teachers before addressing the problem. Collect all of the evidence and join with like-minded parents or teachers to figure out the best possible solution.

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    Last Updated on August 29, 2018

    5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

    5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

    Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

    Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

    Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

    1. 750words

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    750 words

      750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

      750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

      750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

      2. Ohlife

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        Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

        Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

        3. Oneword

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          OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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          Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

          4. Penzu

            Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

            With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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            5. Evernote

            Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

            Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

            For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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