Parents, let's talk about it! Videos to guide and inform parents about cyberbullying
- French Safer Internet Centre
Today, cyberviolence is one of the biggest risks confronting children online and their parents are often unprepared to protect them from its ever-changing forms. "Parents, let's talk about it!" is a web series with practical advice for parents.
In France, observers report a decline of traditional forms of bullying in schools. However, there has been a steady increase in cyberviolence and cyberbullying. According to EU Kids Online, 12 per cent of Europeans between 11 and 16 have experienced cyberbullying, compared to 7 per cent in 2010. Furthermore, 20 per cent of girls say they have been insulted online about their physical appearance in 2016, according to a study released in Ile de France by the Hubertine Auclert Center.
Parents often feel unprepared in the face of their children's new forms of communication and social networking. Also, because instances of cyberviolence take place in the digital sphere they often escape adults. This video series, accessible on the YouTube channel "Parents, let's talk about it!", allows parents to start a conversation with their children as well as detect, understand and prevent bullying.
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Find out more about the work of the French Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.
- Hilary Bird, Guest blogger
Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we're always pleased to hear from different stakeholders on how they contribute to a better and safer internet for children and young people in their own areas of work and activities. We were recently contacted by Hilary Bird, a freelance writer, who writes about relationships and tech, and how they impact on each other. Here, she offers some top tips for managing apps on your smartphone.
- BIK Team
Children and young people have always been interested in taking up challenges, competing against others and doing dares, and the internet and social media has certainly given wider publicity to this type of activity. Things like the ice-bucket challenge and the cinnamon challenge are two popular examples which gained popularity thanks to the internet.
- European Parliament
The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has recently published a study titled ‘Cyberbullying among young people'. The study provides an overview of the extent, scope and forms of cyberbullying in the EU, taking into account the age and gender of victims and perpetrators as well as the medium used.