Established in 1993, River View Christian Academy is a fully accredited, private Christian residential boarding school, now based on 45 beautiful acres near Austin, Texas. Our purpose is to provide a safe, structured, and supportive setting for struggling teenage girls, 12-17 years old. River View encourages positive change in girl students who have struggled academically due to negative influences or behavior, such as cyber-bullying.
While River View is not a residential treatment center, or therapeutic boarding school, we have found that a structured and caring environment can make an enormous difference in correcting behavioral issues among teenagers. We help girls who suffer from the trauma of adoption, victimization or significant loss.
Give us a call to see if River View is a good fit for your young teen girl.
Why Intervene in a Teen’s Online Behavior?
When dealing with cyber bullying and teens, you will notice as a parent that vicious behaviors come from insecurities. Most of these insecurities will generate from an amount of pressure from peers as well as parents. Teenagers who become uncontrollable in the art of cyber bullying are prone to cause erratic behavior in the future.
What is Cyber Bullying?
Cyber bullying occurs when one threatens, humiliates another through access to technology. This includes the internet, interactive technologies, or through mobile phones. Cyber bullying is only referenced when two or more adolescents are involved. When teens become cyber bullies, the majority rely on blackmail as the source to torment another individual. This could entail sharing an inappropriate photo through mass email, sending messages to phones stating a rumor while school is in session.
The consequences of cyber bullying can be life changing for both victim and the bully. There have been multiple reported suicides of troubled teens who took their lives because of cyber bullying. If your son or daughter is involved in cyber bullying, you must understand and explain the ramifications to them. Teens can and will receive a charge resulting in juvenile delinquency. If the persecutions are severe and a judge finds reason to try your child as a young adult, they could receive a misdemeanor. Teens are often sued for exceeding their authority and violating their free speech right.
Preventing Cyber Bullying
Educating your daughter or son about the consequences is mandatory and it helps. Teaching them to respect others and to take a stand against bullying of all kinds helps too. The solutions, punishments and responses to cyber-bullying all differ. Just like any wrongdoing of a child’s choice. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” when cyber-bullying is concerned. But the motives and the nature of cyber-communications, as well as the demographic and profile of a cyber-bully differ, therefore punishment decided swiftly when you, the parent, is aware of your teen’s activities.
Determining if Your Daughter is the Accused
Typically, troubled teens will not respond honestly when they know they have done something wrong. But if you are positive that your child is taking part as a cyber bully, you must take action. You are the parent; therefore, you have the right request passwords for social networking sites, emails, and forums. As much you don’t want to find what you’re searching for, you will, and you will need to be prepared to speak with your son or daughter immediately.
If problems do not sort themselves out and continue to get worse, you must contact someone that can help your teen return to a better state.
Find Help Now from River View Christian Academy
River View provides year-round schooling with ongoing open enrollment, 24-hour care and supervision, with strong structure, mentoring, and boundaries. We focus on educating our students in all areas of life to prepare them for their future.
One of the most important aspects of redirecting a teen who is struggling is for them to be in an environment that is structured with a routine schedule that they can count on. We believe in student boundaries in all areas of life. Another reason for our success over 25 years at River View Christian Academy is the high level of involvement of staff and parents.
If your young teen girl is involved with cyber-bulling, or suffers as a victim of other’s online activities, please give us a call. We’re here to help her, and your family.