Bullying and Cybercrimes

Bullies have been around since time immemorial. However, we adults have a bad history of brushing off bullying as a normal part of growing up. We wouldn’t accept assault or harassment from our coworkers, but we expect our children to handle these things on their own – or worse, to ignore them. With the frightening and confusing new world of cyberbullying, it’s well past time to give this issue the seriousness it deserves.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as in-person bullying, cyberbullying, sextortion, along with actionable advice so you can help your child.

How Do I Stop My Child From Being Bullied?

Julie Nelson-Kuna, PhD, LLC
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
800 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 101B
Naperville, IL

How Do I Stop My Child From Being Bullied?

The bully narrative presented in popular media today has told a story of suicide
by bullying. Parents are reassured that, while bullying can be a risk factor for
depression and mental health challenges, it is not a straight line from bullying to
suicide. Even one friend can provide a buffer against a child being bullied. Parents
are encouraged to keep talking to their children about their experiences in school
and on-line, and be empowered to set limits with both types of socializing. Empathy
is cultivated through experiences with face-to-face communication, and it is critical
to developing a social climate that doesn’t promote bullying behavior. There is
a concern that increasing our media consumption, has led to less face-to-face
socializing, and parents can facilitate the development of empathy in their children
by prioritizing face-to-face communication in their family.