Category Archives: Cyber Bullying

Issues around Online Bullying

Sexting & Cyber Bullying Reports Are Increasing,  What are we doing wrong?

Sexting & Cyber Bullying Reports Are Increasing, What are we doing wrong?

According to some recent research from The Cyber Bullying Research Center and the eSafety Commissioner, reports of Cyber Bullying and Image Based Abuse is going up by 200%. The Cyber Bullying Research Center in the U.S are suggesting that whatever we have been doing to raise awareness of the harms caused by these issues of abuse its not working. Quoted from their post “The bottom line is that whatever we are doing to deter teens from participating in sexting clearly isn’t working. Just like trying to prevent them from being with each other during a pandemic, they will find a way. Something more thoughtful needs to be considered.”

Last week Greg Gebhart from the eSafety Commissioner, in a chat with me on the Digital Parenting Podcast said that most occurrences of Cyber Bullying abuse are being reported to have occurred on Instagram, which is by far the most popular platform for young people. This was then followed by reports of abuse happening on Snapchat, Facebook and now TikTok. eSafety Commissioner figures:

Michelle Mitchel

My guest this week on “Digital Families” is Michelle Mitchell an expert on Teens and Tweens. We talk about why these abuses are escalating, and what we need to do to try and turn the digital tide.

Michelle Mitchell is an award-winning speaker, and bestselling parenting author. She has been termed ‘the teenage expert’ by the media and is sought after for her compassionate and grounded advice for parenting tweens and teens. 

With the rise of reports of these types of abuses comes also the rise in trauma which is of course exacerbated during this stressful time of Covid19 and all it entails.

Supporting our young people is key. Michelle outlines tips for parents on changing the messaging around online abuse and sharing nudes.

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The app that is mentioned in this podcast is “Stymie” it is a reporting abuse mobile app, where there is an option to report anonymously. Link Here:

How to report Image Based Abuse eSafety Commissioner Reporting

How to report Cyber Bullying for under 18year olds eSafety Commissioner Reporting

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Digital Families Podcast with Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit

Digital Families Podcast with Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit

My guest today is Rosie Thomas Co-Founder, Co-CEO of Project Rockit. Her work has been recognised by UNICEF among the 12 Digital Champions for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age and was honoured in Washington D.C. with the International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cybersafety. As well as a number of local awards and honours… Continue Reading

Protect Your Children These Holidays. 

Protect Your Children These Holidays. 

Parents ultimate HOW-TO guide for online privacy and safety settings. Find out where the safety and parental controls are on all the apps and online platforms your family uses. This easy STEP-BY-STEP guide features privacy settings and safety settings for both mobile and P.C. Easy instructions to set up filters to protect your child from adult… Continue Reading

Parents Guide To Twitter

Parents Guide To Twitter

There’s been a few media stories last week about Twitter exposing young people to pornography. Twitter is an adult social media platform, and all adult social media platforms have adult content and pornography. So… nothing new here. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, even all have various amounts and levels of pornography and adult content. Twitter’s pornography is… Continue Reading

What To Do About Sexting And Teens?

What To Do About Sexting And Teens?

A Recent study by Plan International shows an alarming amount of teenage girls are being pressured into sending nude photos or “Sexting”. Almost all surveyed thought it was unacceptable to be asked to send sexting photos, but many of the girls surveyed felt very uncomfortable reporting such solicitations. The survey also showed that many girls were receiving… Continue Reading

Dangers With Kids Playing Games Online

Minecraft Online Multiplayer Dangers For Kids This week I was interviewed in regard to an incident where an Avalon boy 13years of age, had made friends on the very popular Lego like 3D video game Minecraft, with a New Zealand Minecraft gamer, where the online friendship turned into every parents nightmare. Apparently, after playing online together… Continue Reading

Do Parents Need Cyber Safety Education?

Do Parents Need Cyber Safety Education?

Try This Quick Quiz! Which are the MOST popular apps used for cyber bullying and by predators  What is the most popular way to cyber bully? What education have you given your children to help PREVENT cyber bullying? What steps should you take if your child has been bullied online? Why is hiding your friends list on… Continue Reading

Should You Approach The Parents Of Your Child’s Cyber Bully?

It was a cold and windy night at Mimosa Public school, but the audience was really warmed up to the topic of how to be confident parents in the digital space! Lots of great questions and also some advice asked around Cyber Bullying. One question from an audience member was – Question: Should you contact the… Continue Reading

Instagram Is NOT Safe For Kids!

Instagram is a lovely app….for adults.  Yes it’s available for teens aged 13+ but here’s the thing. Instagram is really a search engine for billions of images. Your child can search for anything on Instagram, cats, celebrities, dogs, funny photos and ….porn. Instagram is also a photo sharing and messaging app. For cyber savvy parents… Continue Reading