The days of the phone constantly ringing seem to have passed. Be it the house line or our cell phones, they barely ring anymore. We are all so connected and have so many other ways to communicate with one another that picking up the phone and having a conversation with someone just doesn’t seem to occur as often as maybe it should.
You’ve probably noticed that this is not only occurring with your friends and family but also with your child’s phone. So if, all of a sudden your child’s phone is ringing instead of buzzing that a text message is coming in, you’re probably left wondering why?
The kids have figured out how to go what we like to call ‘old school’ with a modern twist. Unfortunately, along with the devices we are giving the kids to keep in touch with, we are all well aware of the cyberbullying that can and does occur online. The kids have figured out how to take their bullying back off-line and try to stop it from being traceable. They are turning off the caller ID on their phones and then calling the person directly. By doing this, the call comes in as an unknown name and number.
Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that every call your child receives is bullying in nature, but some are actually doing what we use to do with the crank calls and the old “Is your fridge running? You better go catch it” and then hang up. Others are legitimately just calling to say hi looking for friendly conversation, but then we always have the sour apple who figures this is the way we can get to someone without being caught.
If you do happen to notice your child’s phone ringing more than usual and their moods changing after the calls, there could be more going on, so it’s worth having a conversation with your child. We encourage you to look through your child’s phone with them to view followers, calls they receive and online game chat rooms they visit to have a discussion about potential bullying situations.
About Socially Safe
Stacy Maynard & Kerry Hills are moms with successful social media businesses. We have a passion for helping children understand how to use social media safely. We have joined together to implement into classrooms and the community our Socially Safe, Socially Fun, Social Media programs. We are Moms of kids between the ages of 8 to 15, so we understand the need to help our kids stay safe and create a positive digital footprint. Social Media is not going away and we are passionate about teaching our kids how to use it, have fun and stay Socially Safe.