Cybersecurity is important for Marines and their families. While part of that means keeping your online identity and information safe, it also means keeping your emotional health safe online as well — that’s why it’s important to talk about cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices, such as cell phones, computers, or tablets. Cyberbullying is also more than individuals poking fun at one another. It includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful or false content about someone else. Those who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, health complaints, and decreased achievement, both in school and the workplace. And because digital information rarely actually goes away and often acts as a public record, cyberbullying can harm everyone involved, including the bully and others participating in it.
And it happens more frequently than you think. The 2014–2015 School Crime Supplement (provided by the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) reported that 21% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying.
Warning Signs a Person is Being Cyberbullied, or is Cyberbullying Others
What to Do When Cyberbullying Happens
For more information on cyberbullying or support, reach out to your local Marine Corps Family Team Building office.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Believe it or not, the internet touches almost all aspects of your daily life, so it’s important to stay aware of your online presence. To help increase your online safety, check out some of these tips from the Department of Homeland Security on how to create a stronger and better password.
In a time where social media is so prevalent in the life of a teenager it is important that they too are aware of how they should maintain Operations Security, also known as OPSEC.
The first step in protecting your children from the dangers of social media is to educate yourself.