Cyber-bullying is a real problem in today’s day and age. Understanding the problem, a special panel discussion was organised on Saturday as Pune Police Initiative #WeFightCC (We Fight Cyber Crime) at Mahatma Phule Sanskrutik Bhavan in Fatima Nagar.
Dr Bhooshan Shukla, child psychologist, speaking during the discussion, said like all addictions, a kid getting restless without internet is equally damaging. He also added that a child’s restlessness on not getting access to internet connection is an alarming signal for parents to notice the child’s addiction for internet.
“Apart from parents, teachers play a major role, as they are closer to children. Teachers should give an open hand to all children to share if they have problems and this should be told to the children very often. If the children share things, they will feel relieved. Teachers should understand that hearing the child out is equally important and should not be preachy,” noted Shukla.
He also mentioned about the current trend among teens to post obscene pictures which are often personal. “Private photographs are made public in cyber space. This is seen often these days. The reason is that they want to flaunt sexuality. Another disturbing trend is that of ‘Sexting’. In such cases the parents have to be string and should discipline the child by taking positive but firm steps,” he added.
He advised that parents should take the authority and focus on preventive aspect. They should also discipline the child’s setting the ground rules for using gadgets.
Experts during the event noted that every sixth crime in India is committed through social media these days. In the recent past, the country has seen 70 per cent rise in the cases of cybercrime in India. Only 66 per cent Facebook users do know about privacy setting.
Murali Bhatia, a cyber-psychologist said this addiction or craving for gadgets can lead to behavioural changes among children. “Need for gratification is high among children. Craving often leads to behavioural impacts. Ground rules which are applicable for children should also be applicable to parents,” said Bhatia.
She further differentiated between physical and cyber bullying. “Physical bullying is done one to one and it may end. However, in the cyber space there is no time limit so the impact is manifold. The space is further damaging as there is anonymity,” said Bhatia.