• Abstract

    Cyberbullying has been a severe problem that emerged since the beginning of the 21st century, particularly among children and young people. Being the target of cyberbullying can result in feelings of depression, hopelessness, a loss of self-esteem, and isolation. These emotions are all antecedents of acts of self-harm, particularly for victims but also for bullies. Studies on cyberbullying have produced somewhat contradictory results, and the methods developed to counteract these phenomena have been consistent with these results. Cybercrime's reach has grown, as has its ability to inflict monetary and nonmonetary harm, including direct changes to the physical world. On the other hand, cybercrime has been extensively combating for decades, in contrast to cyberbullying. People's lives are becoming increasingly intertwined with the Internet, bringing many fresh educational and amusement opportunities. In addition, it offers a platform for forms of online harassment, such as cyberbullying and cyberstalking, both of which may have devastating impacts on the lives of young people. Cyberstalking can intentionally harm another person through digital technologies such as social media, email, text messaging, or other online platforms by cyberbullying; regularly following or harassing another person via these same technologies. Keeping in mind that cyberbullying and cyberstalking can happen at any time to anyone is the responsibility of every parent. They should openly discuss the risks of technology with their own children and provide them with strategies and tips for staying safe online to avoid cyberbullying and stalking. When protecting their children from the potentially serious legal consequences of cyberbullying, parents should provide as much information as possible about the relevant laws. In addition, parents should ensure that they are familiar with the websites and platforms that are used by one’s children and should be involved in their children's lives so that any unexpected changes in behavior or mood can be noticed early on and addressed. Finally, parents need to provide their children with aid and direction whenever required and to demonstrate that they are reachable and ready to listen if their children are victims of cyberbullying or cyberstalking.

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Buçaj, E., & Haziri, F. (2024). Cyberbullying and cyberstalking: Parents’ role to protect their children. Multidisciplinary Reviews, 7(4), 2024079. https://doi.org/10.31893/multirev.2024079
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