Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day celebrating love and friendship. But every year some cruel people use it as a chance to bully others. Bullies take advantage of the tradition of a secret admirer to mislead, lie to and bully other kids on social media. Using a text spy can mitigate the damage that bullies create to a kid’s self-esteem.
Bullies use the latest electronics and message your child pretending to be a secret admirer, or your child’s crush, or an old friend and then may use that account to harass, bully or humiliate your child online. It’s the digital version of asking someone out on a dare just to embarrass them.
Valentine’s Day is when these bullies strike because they know that people are more emotionally vulnerable. So what can you do to keep your child from experiencing Valentine’s Day bullying? Here are some tips:
Don’t Accept Any New Friend Requests
As Valentine’s Day gets closer don’t allow your child to accept any suspicious new friend requests or add requests. If someone is targeting your child for some Valentine’s Day bullying not accepting their friend request is a good way to prevent your child from seeing the bullying. It doesn’t mean that the person won’t post embarrassing or bullying messages about your child but it does make it more likely that your child won’t give them any messages or information that can be used be against them.
Go Dark For Valentine’s Day
If your child is already being bullied and you’re worried the attacks will ramp up around Valentine’s Day, consider pulling your child’s social media accounts offline until Valentine’s Day has passed. Most social media platforms allow you to pull the account down or deactivate it for a short period of time without losing the handle or any of the information tied to the account. A text spy can check if he’s receiving unwanted text messages. Once things have settled down and gone back to normal your child can reactivate the accounts.
Warn Your Child About Selfies
The excitement of Valentine’s Day may make your child forget the rules about inappropriate selfies or photos. Your child might think that one sexy selfie couldn’t hurt or that the person they’re talking to would never share private photos. But it’s very possible that the person will share the photos and use them to bully your child.
Besides using a text spy, also talk to your child again about what is appropriate and what isn’t when it comes to taking selfies. Make sure that you are monitoring all the photos your child is taking and sending. If your child really wants to have a great selfie for Valentine’s Day offer to take the photo for them. That way you can be sure that the photo is appropriate enough to be shared. It might seem overly cautious, but when it comes to kids, photos and the Internet you can’t be too careful.