Cyberbullies may lurk behind the screen, but with strength and support from those around us, we can overcome them with your child.
Cyberspace: For everyone and no one
One of the best things about the internet is the ease of socialisation. It allows us to connect with our friends and family, play games online, and form communities on social media, the list is endless.
While the internet is for everyone to enjoy, users can easily pretend to be no one. The internet also shrouds us in a veil of anonymity. This can serve to be useful in certain situations, such as giving anonymous feedback to a service you found online. Some users manipulate this anonymity for unkind purposes. These users are called cyberbullies.
In the fourth installment of the Plano Adventures series, Attack of the Cybugs, the Cybugs that lurk in the shadows of the Wood Wide Web, taunt and jeer at anyone who passes them. When Professor Plano, Zed, and Zee were on an innocent short walk through the wood wide web. It was then the Cybugs emerged and ruined their walk by hurling nasty words at them. It left the trio shaken, unable to fight back, until a special hero leapt to their rescue. Cybugs are just like cyberbullies. They take any opportunity to criticise and mock others online for no apparent reason. This leaves their victims in a state of helplessness.
The weight of our words and actions
Cyberbullies use their words and actions to hurt others and the feelings of pain they inflict can linger. According to a report published in Singapore, 3 in 4 students have admitted to being a victim of cyberbullying. As a consequence of cyberbullying, victims have reported to exhibit lower self-esteem, heightened anxiety, and even depression.
Words and actions can exist to crush others and also on the other hand help to uplift others. If you know anyone who has been a victim of cyberbullying, encourage and console them. Knowing that they have a firm supporter and friend will go a long way in helping them cope with the situation.
Moreover, it is paramount that the situation is presented to a trusted adult like a parent or a teacher. Cyberbullying is a serious issue and in some countries like Canada and the United Kingdom, there are legal laws present to protect victims of cyberbullying.
At the end of Attack of the Cybugs, the trio gathered their friends to encourage them to be brave. Using MyPower to overcome the bullies. It is within each of our power to ignore the hurtful words of the bully and surround ourselves with the people who love and care for us. After all, we find strength in support, and with the support from our community we can overcoming cyberbullying with your child.
If you would like to purchase Attack of the Cybugs, or any of the other 4 books in the series, you may find them in Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstores, and at Popular. Alternatively, buy them online on Amazon or Book Depository.