Cyber bullying big for ages 9, 10

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are showing their support for Anti-Bullying Day

Law enforcement is standing up against bullies.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are showing their support for Anti-Bullying Day as both Const. Joe Power of the Crime Prevention Unit and Cpl. Cari Lougheed will be wearing pink uniform shirts as they teach Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes at local schools focused on putting a stop to bullying.

“One trend that seems to be on the rise is cyber bullying among the younger children. Nine- and 10-year-old children are using the Internet for social media and therefore opening themselves up to cyber bullying,” said North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday.

“There are age restrictions on most social media sites but they are difficult to enforce, therefore it is left up to the parents to ensure they know what their children are doing online. When such young children are online they become susceptible to child luring and other online predators as well,” Hobday added.

For that reason Hobday advises parents to be very aware of what their children are doing online.

“A message we would like to put out there is, if your child is using the Internet for anything; gaming, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, it is incumbent upon you to know what they are accessing and who they are speaking to,” Hobday said. “It isn’t easy to monitor your children’s online use but it is absolutely necessary.”