- The cybersecurity company has pointed out that the awareness to avoid it, learn to detect it and denounce it, if the aggression is not stopped, there are three fundamental axes to avoid cyberbullying among the youngest.
Valencia, April 8, 2019.- The Valencian company S2 Grupo has launched a guide to help families to act appropriately if their children suffer a situation of cyberbullying.
“The figures of bullying are very high and it is a very serious issue in which fathers, mothers, companies and all social agents, must contribute to eradicate it because the consequences for the kids who suffer it can be really hard. For years, we have been dedicated to raising awareness among families about the safe and appropriate use of new technologies and it is very striking that they often do not know what actions can be criminal when they use them“, said José Rosell, managing-partner of S2 Grupo.
“Cyberbullying is a crime and can be punishable by imprisonment. Insults and threats through social networks, the Smartphone or email, for example, are serious actions that have serious consequences and we should all be aware of this“, explained Miguel A. Juan, managing-partner of S2 Grupo.
In light of this situation, the guide prepared by the team of experts from the cybersecurity company, which can be consulted on its blog Hijosdigitales.es (https://www.hijosdigitales.es/es/2019/03/guia-ciberbullying/) aims to address the 3 fundamental axes to escape cyberbullying: awareness to avoid it, learning to detect it and the steps to follow later, if it occurs, it is key to preventing cyberbullying among the youngest.
How to detect cyberbullying?
S2 Grupo has stressed that although there are times when children ask for help directly, the problem arises when they are afraid or embarrassed and do not want to tell adults what is happening.
In this context, some symptoms that can serve as a warning are:
- changes in their habits >> change in school performance, use less or more devices with which they connect to the Internet, not wanting to leave home, detect physical injuries, loss of personal objects, etc.
- changes in mood >> anxiety, stress, increased shyness, isolation, lack of eye contact, aggressive reactions out of place, etc.
- somatic changes >> frequent headaches, stomachaches, diarrhea, vomiting, sudden changes in weight, etc.
What to do if a case of cyberbullying is detected?
In a situation of cyberbullying, the recommendation of the S2 Grupo team is:
- Show our support for the child and calm their feelings of guilt.
- Take screenshots of insults or threats.
- Download all videos and related files, if any, and make a record of the times and days on which they were sent or disseminated.
- It is important not to delete these documents or to alert the cyberbully of what we are collecting so that he does not go ahead and delete the criminal material first.
- If you do not know who is the harasser (something usual in social networks), it is advisable to go to an expert who collects the metadata of those files (where they were made, when, etc.).
Along with this, the following steps will be:
- Offer psychological help to the minor
- To inform the school
- If after this last step the harassment does not stop, it is essential to talk to the parents of the aggressors and, if it continues, it is necessary to report it to the Police or the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office.
S2 Grupo has reported that, if needed, families can turn to altruistic associations that disinterestedly combat harassment and can be of great help to both victims and parents.
This blog, developed by S2 Grupo, has more than 10,000 daily visits from all over the world and has established itself as a meeting point for parents and children to promote the safe use of technology.
It employs a group of professionals specialized in security, social networks and technology with the aim of offering information of interest to groups that may be unprotected if they make inappropriate use of these types of devices and tools.