Cruel and twisted attacks on Barron Trump expose the dangers of online bullying
Published: 24 January 2017
For all the talk about stamping out cyber bullying in schools, protecting our children, and teaching them not to be vicious online… It’s a sad day when adults who should know better, gang up as a mob to victimise a 10-year-old boy.
Which is what has happened to US President Donald Trump’s son. Opponents of the controversial ‘reality TV host come politician’ have carried out, what can only be described as ‘cruel and cowardly’ social media campaign filled with horrid taunts of abuse directed at the young Trump, as he has been captured in the background of his father’s events either falling asleep, playing, or doing whatever a 10-year-old normally does.
Barron Trump will be mutilating cats on the white house lawn in like two weeks— joe mande ❤️ China (@JoeMande) January 20, 2017
The tweeter of the latter, Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich, was suspended from her job for the online jibe.
The disgusting smear of a child has seen Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea cross the political divide to support Barron, posting on Facebook:
“Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does – to be a kid.”
The anti-Barron onslaught teaches a valuable lesson to parents: somewhere on the internet, there is a nasty person with nasty things to say.
Just because you are raising your children to be kind… Parents should not think that everyone is teaching their children to be kind and tolerant online… Because some of the trolls bullying Barron Trump would undoubtedly have children themselves.
This lesson comes as new research from Norton Cyber Security found one in ten parents did nothing to protect their children online, while more than half believed their children were more likely to be bullied online than in the playground.
Norton spokesman Gavin Lowth said threats to children today went beyond physical violence or face-to-face encounters.
“Cyberbullying is a growing issue and parents are struggling to identify and respond to this threat,” he said.
“A concern for many parents is that cyberbullying doesn’t stop when their child leaves school – as long as your child is connected to a device, a bully can connect to them.”
With close to two out of three parents allowing children access to the internet before age 11, Lowth says parents need to be educated of the dangers.
“Many parents are still in the dark about how to recognise the signs of cyberbullying and what to do if their children are impacted,” he said.
“The first steps for all parents is to educate themselves about the signs of cyberbullying and learn how to establish an open line of communication with their children.”
The report lists some of the common signs of cyber bullying, and recommends parents start a conversation with their child if they are worried.
Some of the signs are in the chart below:
Chart: Norton Security