"Many parents are still in the dark about how to recognise the signs of cyberbullying and what to do if their children are impacted. The first step for all parents is to educate themselves about the signs of cyberbullying and learn how to establish an open line of communication with their children," said Chee.
He said the report showed that only 10 percent of Malaysian parents reported their child was cyberbullied. "While on the surface, this may seem like cyberbullying is not a problem, the reality is that many parents don't know how to recognize the signs of cyberbullying, so the problem is likely under-reported. Additionally, many children choose to remain silent about cyberbullying due to a fear of losing access to devices and the Internet, or that parents will embarrass them or exacerbate the problem by contacting the bully's parents or the school."
Chee said that if you suspect or are worried about cyberbullying, the first step is communication. Cyberbullying is a sensitive subject, and starting a conversation can be difficult.
He said some signs that indicate a child is being cyberbullied include:
. They appear nervous when receiving a text/online message or email
. Habits with devices change. They may begin avoiding their devices or using them excessively
. They make excuses to avoid going to school
. They become defensive or secretive about online activity
. They withdraw from friends and family
. They have physical symptoms such as trouble sleeping, stomach aches, headaches, and weight loss or gain
. They begin falling behind in school or acting out
. Their grades start declining
. They appear especially angry, frustrated or sad, particularly after going online/checking devices
. They delete social media or email accounts
The Norton Cyber Security Insights Report is an online survey of 20,907 device users ages 18+ across 21 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Edelman Intelligence.
This article first appeared on Computerworld Malaysia 3 February 2017.
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