Bullying in a game can be difficult to deal with especially if you are a child trying to have fun in a game. As a parent, there may be a few in game concepts that you don’t have a full understanding of which are critical to your gamer.
Cyberbullying comes in the form of email, in game chat, and text messaging over cell phones. Cyberbullying could be anyone of any age or gender. During this time when technology rules all, children will encounter technological advances and connections with other people (Kowalski, Limber, & Agatston, 2012). It is the unknown person or persons on the other end of the connections be cautious of.
Food for thought: The activity and number of individuals using the internet for social networking and gaming have increased a notable 100% over the past three years.
Types of bullying in a game:
- Harassment: at times a bully will send harassing messages, these can be hurtful and harmful to your child.
- Ganging up, at times, you may encounter a group of bullies that threaten your child in the game. Their in-game chat can be harassing and harmful to your child.
- Password theft; some bullies tend to spend their time hacking their targets account trying to figure out their password.
How to help and protect your child online:
- First and foremost teach your children to report any negative chat or actions from another player!
- Explain to your child why cyberbullying dangerous?
- Bullying creates memories that last a lifetime.
- Explain to your child that their password is secret and should not be shared with anyone online.
- As parents you should stay in the loop; you should know what game you child is playing.
- Talk to your kids about online chats if they are available in their game. Tell them to think about what their message says before they send it. And tell them to talk to you when someone says something harmful.
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Kowalski, Robin M., Susan P. Limber, and Patricia W. Agatston.Cyberbullying: Bullying in the digital age. John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Mishna, F., Saini, M., & Solomon, S. (2009). Ongoing and online: Children and youth’s perceptions of cyber bullying. Children and Youth Services Review, 31(12), 1222-1228.