Every week, I answer you and your child’s burning questions. I use priceless and valuable insights from my coaching room to help whenever I can. This week I’ve been sent a question by a child who is being treated rather shabbily on Instagram. Sadly, social media seems to be a breading ground for bullying and aggressive behaviour (it’s so much easier to say it when you are hiding behind a keyboard).

Dear Smiley

I follow you on Instagram and saw that you are helping children with bullying. I’m not sure if this is bullying but I’ll tell you about it anyway and then, can you see if you can help me?

I haven’t been on Instagram very long, I am twelve, but all my friends are on there and I was feeling left out. So my Mum said I could go on there if she could monitor my account. People have been making fun of the pictures I post and also playing games where I am either voted out or made to feel silly. I then have to go to school and be with these people who behave like nothing has happened. This is strange as I know what people are saying about me online and then they talk to me at school. It’s like online and real life are two different worlds.

I don’t think these people really mean what they are saying but they are trying to act cool to an audience but I don’t like the way they are being mean and then pretending like nothing happened. It’s confusing and upsetting because how do I know what to think?

I want to know how to handle this when I go online and I also want to know what you think about Instagram. Do you get haters or people who don’t like what you post?

Thanks for your help

Love Insta-Chick x

Watch the video below and find out what happened in this week’s episode of Dear Smiley!

Useful Links Mentioned in this Episode

From the grown up blog, check out How Growing up Online Shapes Your Child’s Reality’

Read up on Internet Smarts and how to help your kids stay safe online

Learn how to keep yourself safe with so-called ‘friends’ by reading my blog post here

Grow your self awareness and bag yourself a box of beautiful and magical Smiley Thought Cards

Have a listen to last week’s episode which talks about being true to yourself


Other Smiley Resources You Might Like

Click each image below to listen in to helpful episodes of the Truly Madly Smiley podcast about all things friendships – fall outs, break ups, covert bullies, fake friends, gossip and more. 

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