3 Ways to Help Kids Deal With Cyberbullying

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Blog 103fixedBullying certainly isn’t a new problem, but in
today’s world the way bullies attack has changed dramatically.
Instead of on the playground, kids today can face hurtful comments
online as a result of cyberbullying. Out of 100 preteens, 17 say
they’ve had something mean, threatening, or embarrassing said about
them online. Sixteen percent of these kids told no one about it.
Here are some things you can do to help the kids you work with deal
with cyberbullying.

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  1. Know the signs. Keep an eye out for signs that
    point to a child being bullied online. According to
    education.com
    , victims of cyberbullying may display a variety
    of negative emotions such as sadness, frustration, and anger. They
    may avoid computers and phones and shy away from discussions about
    them. Other things to watch for include trouble sleeping, changes
    in appetite, a drop in grades, withdrawal from friends or family,
    and a reluctance to attend school.
  2. Point out biblical examples. Kids need to know
    that the Bible is still relevant to their lives. One great way to
    do that is to point out biblical examples of bullying. We have
    bullies like Goliath, Delilah, and the Pharisees. We see people who
    didn’t want to make a difference, such as Jonah and those folks who
    came before the Good Samaritan and didn’t offer help. And we also
    see the people in the Bible who were bullied, such as  Joseph,
    who was tormented his brothers, and even Jesus. Dive into the Bible
    and find accounts of bullying and how they were handled. Verses
    like 2 Timothy 1:7, Matthew 5:11, and Deuteronomy 31:6 will help
    inspire and equip your kids.
  3. Help end the cycle. Bullying is a cycle. If
    something isn’t done, it will just keep coming back. Teach the kids
    you work with why bullying is wrong. There are many
    great organizations
     you can find online to help you equip
    your kids with the information they need to help stop bullying at
    their school. For the parents of the kids you work with, be
    prepared to help them protect their kids. Remind them of the signs
    to watch for, and inform them of steps to take (
    stopbullying.org
    has some great tips).

Any form of bullying is wrong, and it’s important that we take
action to protect our kids. Our team just got back from KidMin2012
(sign up today for next
year’s conference
!) and it was a blast. The Skit Guys were one of the
keynote speakers for the event, and they blew us out of the water!
One of their skits was about emotional baggage, and in one scene we
saw a young child getting picked on because of his weight.
According to the Skit Guys, the saying “sticks and stones may break
your bones but words can never hurt you” is the biggest lie we tell
our kids. Wow.

The truth is, words do hurt. But love can heal those wounds.
Share God’s love with your kids today.

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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