I am sure by you now you heard the news that Kate Middleton and Prince William will be meeting with executives of Facebook and Twitter to discuss the issue of cyberbullying. As a mom of a teen boy who is active on social media, I am always worried about cyberbullying. I monitor my child’s activities, I discuss with him, I try to find signs that might reveal any cyberbullying problems. I keep my eyes open on for any news that is cyber bullying related. So when I heard that the royal couple is moving forward to raise awarness., I was delighted but wondered: will it help curb cyberbullying? Here is what I think.
Will Kate Middleton and Prince William help curb cyberbullying?
Before answering this tough question, let me examine the facts
- The royal couple is highly mediatised. They are very popular, and any news related to them goes viral on social media.
- Facebook and Twitter are two of the most popular social media sites. They are not the only social media sites used by teens. There is Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
- According to prevent.Ca, 94% of Canadian youth have a Facebook account
- 1 in 3 reports that they have been cyberbullied. Isn’t that huge? 1 in 3 kids. I was shocked when I read this.
- Meeting with these giants to discuss cyberbullying will be highly mediatised and will mostly go viral on social media.
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Now let me go back to the question: will the royal couple meeting with social media giants help curb cyberbullying?
There is not a right or wrong answer but here is what I think: any action that can help raise awareness about cyberbullying will help. ANY ACTION. Discussing with your child will help. Stars raising awareness will help. A highly popular royal couple teeming with the most popular social media sites will surely have an impact.
How will it help?
It will open discussion on social media. Teens will see that action. They will feel empowered.
Parents will take that time to discuss the good and bad behavior on social media with their teens and kids. The discussion is key to prevention. I try to take the time to discuss news related matters with my children. It helps them understand things and how life goes. Read our suggestion on how to help prevent cyberbullying. You can also encourage your teens to read one of these cyberbullying books.
Now the other tough question: Is it enough to stop cyberbullying?
Of course not! Stopping bullying, cyberbullying is a collective matter. Having the royal couple involved will help but as parents, educators we need to do our part. We need to raise awareness too. It starts inside our homes, around the dinner table. It starts with our kids: one kid at the time.