How can parents help stop cyberbullying before it starts? If you’re a teen, how can you prevent this dangerous virus from spreading?
Cyberbullying is like a virus that spreads from one person to another though comments, photos or videos texted on a cell phone, or by hurtful messages entered into a social media outlet. This virus needs a cure because as it spreads from host to victim – it causes not only depression, but can lead to suicide. You can help stop cyberbullying!
I’ve listed a few cures for this deadly virus below.
Parents Can Stop Cyberbullying:
If you’re a parent, talk to your kids about the dangers of cyberbullying others because there’s a 50 percent chance that your child has participated. I know this may be hard to believe, but even sweet, wonderful kids have been known to cyberbully, especially when they are caught up in peer pressure. So even if you think your kids don’t participate in cyberbullying, talk to them. Let them know that cyberbullying is wrong and that it can cause permanent harm or death to the one being bullied. Discuss Psalms 19:14:
May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and and redeemer.
One concerned youth group in Oklahoma took this message to heart and created thumb bands to wear that read WWJTXT? (What would Jesus text?) Consider getting one of these thumb bands for your child, his class, or youth group. For more information on these bands, go to: wwjtxt.com
Another thing to discuss is that bullies can reap more than a few penalties. For example, criminal charges can incur, phone companies can void phone contracts, online privileges can be terminated by providers, and worse yet, if sexting is involved, your child can be permanently labeled as a sex offender.
Consider getting your child or youth group a graphic help, to make them think before they post something that might hurt others.
Dear Lord, show me the truth in this matter when it comes to my kids, break any lies off of them, whether they are bullying or whether they are being bullied, in the power and authority of the name and the blood of Jesus. Protect my child and grant them peace, grace and favor, in Jesus’s name.
Also, when you talk to your child, find out if your child is being bullied because there’s also a 50 percent chance this has or could happen. Read the recommendations below so you’ll know what to do if you find out this is happening to your child.
Dear Lord, please don’t let evil words or images stick to my child and become their identity. In fact, I cancel any of these lies, the cyberbullying, as well as depression, or spirit of suicide, off my child in the power and authority of the name and blood of Jesus. Lord, I ask that you replace these things, with your love, joy, peace and favor, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
How Those Who Participate in Cyberbullying can Stop:
A lot of children are involved in cyberbullying because of (1.) peer pressure or (2.) because they don’t realize the harm they are doing. But then again, maybe they need a few ideas on how to stop:
- If you write a mean message, don’t hit send.
- Better yet, don’t write the mean message to start with.
- Don’t spread the cyberbullying virus by participating in a bully attack, even if all of your best friends are involved.
- Ask God to give you guidance on how to avoid these situations and to give you a way out.
- Memorize Psalm Psalms 19:14, see above.
- Get the wwjtxt? thumb band to remind you to be careful what you text or post.
- Pray this:
Dear Lord, Forgive me for being mean. I now block and cancel the hate, harm, and lies that I have spread in the power and authority of the name and the blood of Jesus. I block and cancel the fear as well as any retaliation I may get for taking this stand to stop. Please give me your strength to stand strong, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you are being bullied, please refer to our article about what to do: Click HERE.
Watch this great video as a serious example of the virus Cyber Bullying and it’s disease-like effect below: