In the wake of a number of suicides across the U.S., a study reveals that cyber bullying is the number one fear that parents have for their children. Do you monitor your kid’s online time, HollyMoms?
As if parents don’t have a enough to worry about when it comes to the safety of their kids — the popularity of cell phones, social networking sites and blogs has caused even more concern. According to a survey conducted by care.com, which offers babysitting and nanny services, one in three adults with kids between the ages of 12 and 17 worry more about online bullying than kidnapping, terrorism, car accidents or suicide. “Mean kids and bullies are not new, but social media networks and cell phones are making bullying more anonymous,” explains care.com’s editor-in-chief Wendy Sachs. “That is a new danger. Parents are genuinely afraid.”
Parents of even younger children (12 and under) are most concerned about kidnapping but cyber bullying came in a a very close second, with one in four parents fearing for the safety of their kids online.
The recent slew of cyber bulling-related suicides among school students proves that this is a serious issue. HollyMoms, have your kids ever been attacked online?
As a result of this new found internet violence, three-quarters of the parents surveyed are now closely monitoring their kid’s text messages and online activity. Do you keep a close eye on all of your cildren’s online activity?