I have just found a great guide from software company Enigma Digital Ltd, written to help parents all over the UK deal with cyberbullying. It’s an ideal read this Anti-Bullying Week 2017.
You can find the link at the end of this post. But first, some background.
According to the NSPCC, there were over 12,000 counselling sessions with young people who talked to Childline about online issues last year, with an 87% increase in sessions over the past three years.
For parents, finding out what is going on and gaining concrete evidence can be very difficult indeed. How can you find out who your kids are talking to? How can you make the authorities take your complaint seriously without proof?
Enigma offers Enigma Recovery, a smartphone data recovery solution that allows users to retrieve stolen or deleted data from iOS devices such as text messages, contacts, calls, images, videos and WhatsApp messages.
This may help parents find out what is troubling their child, and help obtain the evidence needed to report the bullying to schools and the police.
“We’ve seen a rise in parents whose children are being bullied contacting us about our software throughout 2017” says Enigma Digital Limited’s Head of Marketing Miguel Marshall. “They’re primarily looking for evidence to support a complaint they’re raising to the school or authorities, but some parents just want to know exactly who their children are talking to online, which is always a worry for all parents in the digital age.”
According to the Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Campaign an estimated 5.43 million young people in the UK have experienced cyberbullying, with 1.26 million subjected to extreme cyberbullying on a daily basis. What’s even more startling is that in the last three years, 7 in 10 young people aged between 13 and 22 have been a victim of cyberbullying.
It is something that is certainly, and unfortunately, on the rise, and due to the vast possibilities online, and often the lack of knowledge in this area of bullying, it can be handled incorrectly by parents, teachers, and the authorities.
Signs Your Child Is Being Cyberbullied
Your child might be reluctant to tell you that they are being cyberbullied so you need to look out for the signs. As identified in Enigma’s guide, these are:-
- Any changes in behaviour such as becoming sad, withdrawn, angry, or lashing out
- Reluctance to go to school or take part in usual social activities
- Unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach upsets
- Children become less social, and you notice you are seeing or hearing about their friends less and less
- A lack of interest in using a device and even stopping using their electronic devices altogether
with no explanation
- Seeming nervous or jumpy when they receive messages or notifications on their devices, or in
general around their devices
- Becoming obsessive about being constantly online, and being caged or snappy when they are told to come off their devices
- Avoiding discussions about what they’re doing online or who they’re talking to
On the other side of the coin, Enigma’s software can also help to restore any messages or communication to see whether children are in fact the cyber-bully themselves. It isn’t limited to just restoring data however, as their software has been used by parents and private investigators to help track down missing children by restoring their recent communications and locations.
Enigma Digital has put together a handy guide on their website https://www.enigma-recovery.com/keep-your-child-safe-online/ on how to keep your children safe online, and what to do if you suspect that they are the victim of cyberbullying.
Click on the grey “Cyberbullying Guidance” grey box on their webpage to download (link above).
Enigma Recovery is designed to work with their free Restore App and will help revive deleted data and even send data back to a device. You can also export the data to your Mac or Windows PC, so you’ll always have a copy of the data that matters most to you. With Enigma Recovery, you can recover 10 different types of data from your iOS device, including:
- Text messages
- Internet History*
*Deleted data can be recovered only from iTunes/iCloud backups. Existing data can be recovered from your device.
Enigma Recovery costs from £29.99 to retrieve data from one device. You can also give it a try for free.
It is certainly something I will be looking into when Caitlin and Ieuan have mobile phones.