Barron Trump, Donald Trump’s 10 year old son has been the target of sustained cyberbullying ever since his father started running for president.
Late last year, actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell posted a YouTube video where she claimed that Barron was autistic.
Rosie O’Donnell Claims Barron Trump Has Autism https://t.co/bEqqZQske2
— snopes.com (@snopes) November 29, 2016
She later apologized for her tweet, and Barron was more or less out of the public eye until the day of the inauguration.
And then things got ugly.
One Twitter user speculated that he will be a “homeschool shooter”.
Another tweet made him out to be an animal killer.
There was a tweet about tyranny.
This won’t be repeated for Barron Trump, who will never live in the White House. He will learn tyranny at his father’s knee in Trump Tower. https://t.co/2mEfH15zxA
— Semper (@Semperfelix) January 13, 2017
And this was straight up dark.
Barron Trump is so weak and lifeless because every morning Eric Trump sucks the life and blood out of him
— gab (@gabbyylongo) January 13, 2017
While these tweets are driven by political leanings, they can have a harmful effect on a ten year old boy who has nothing to do with his father’s politics.
If you are a parent, you should disavow them completely regardless of your political inclinations.
Barron isn’t the first child of a US President who has had nasty comments thrown at him, and he won’t be the last. President Obama’s daughters were also cyberbullied multiple times while their father was in office. The two Bush sisters and Chelsea Clinton were targets of similar barbs.
But the problem is magnified for the Obama girls and Barron because of how prevalent social media is, and how young they are. When adults stoop to insulting children in public or private they normalize the very act of bullying.
This cuts both ways.
Because children learn by seeing their elders behave, bullies feel no hesitation or sympathy for weaker children while the bullied kids feel that they have no recourse or way out.
According to StopBullying.gov kids who are bullied experience:
A small minority of bullied kids grow up to be violent or perpetuate the same behavior.
Bullies, on the other hand:
As this graphic shows, bullying is a national epidemic and is the most common form of violence faced by children in the US.
The chances of bullying increase exponentially for special needs, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ kids.
At homes and outside, parents and guardians should take a zero tolerance approach to bullying no matter how tempting it might be. Don’t speak disparagingly about children of public figures, especially in front of your children.
Educators can also play an important role in combating bullying by creating a safe academic environment, continuously engaging with parents, and using tools like Classroom Teacher Training.
Anti-bullying resources like National Bullying Helpline in the UK, National Center Against Bullying in Australia and the helplines at Not In Our Town in the US can be invaluable in dealing with bullying.
The Vgowatch can combat child bullying, especially when it happens outside the home and away from the watchful gaze of parents and guardians. Because of its two way call function, your child can communicate with you easily and inform you about bullying incidents so that you can take steps to nip them in the bud.
If your child has been accused of bullying, you can remotely activate Vgowatch’s microphone and camera and find out if there is any truth in the charges instead of getting bogged down in the he-said she-said game.
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