MovieStarPlanet is a wonderful virtual world and game for children. You can play MovieStarPlanet with a free membership or you can get a paid membership, which gives you access to more exclusive offers and features. While MovieStarPlanet does a great job at filtering content and moderation, sometimes things can pass through the filters and moderators. Some of these things might include what you could consider to be cyberbullying.
At MovieStarPlanet, moderators do everything they can to prevent cyberbullying, but sometimes it does still happen. If you are a parent and you want to know what your child should do in the event of being cyberbullied, then continue reading to learn more. We will also tell you about some tips you can do and your child can do to help prevent cyberbullying in the first place.
Guide on Cyberbullying in MovieStarPlanet
Know Report Features– On MovieStarPlanet, you can report a player who you think is cyberbullying you. You also can block the player which means they cannot access your username or message you in any way. If you report a player on MovieStarPlanet, a moderator will look at the account and see if anything they are doing warrants a suspension or ban from the game. Even if you are not sure if your child is being cyberbullied or not, report the player in question so that the staff can look at the details of the situation and then determine the best course of action.
Teach Them to Ignore- One of the biggest rules when it comes to cyberbullying is to learn not to engage with the other person. Some people might call the whole thing trolling, which means the person is just looking to get a rise out of you or someone else. When cyberbullying happens, it is easier to ignore the person than engage, because engaging will make them want to keep going. If you do not respond then the person is more likely to give up and move on. Of course, this does not apply if the person is being threatening or doing something completely inappropriate.
Keep Personal Information Private- It is better if you are being cyberbullied to never give out personal information. Not giving out personal information can also help prevent you from being cyberbullied in the first place. If there is a situation going on where you are being cyberbullied, if the person has your real information this could result in real world and real life consequences and situations. This is why it is important to never give personal information because if the person is mentally unstable, they could use your real information to track you down and continue to bully you but in person or through email or snail mail.
Keep All Cyberbullying Records- If you are being cyberbullied, then you do want to keep all of the chat logs and screen shot every communication between you and the other person. Sometimes bullying can get bad enough where you need to alert law enforcement in your community. Having the chat records and records of harassment is a good thing if you need to go to the police or even if you just need to report the person to the MovieStarPlanet staff. It does not matter if you have a free membership or paid membership to the game because having the VIP membership does not include things such as automatic chat log saves or anything like that. Regardless of your membership status it will be on you to keep records and screen shots of all communication so you can report them to the proper authority down the road.
Create New User- If you reported the person but there is still harassment going on, then you can resort to making an entirely new user on MovieStarPlanet. This is the last resort because if you do this, you will lose all of your information and status within the game, including accessories, currency and movie stars. Sometimes you can contact MovieStarPlanet staff and see if there is a way you can transfer your points and information from one account to a new one, but this does not always work or happen so do not get your hopes up about this working out.
Talk to Your Child- As a parent, one easy thing you can do to help prevent cyberbullying in MovieStarPlanet is just talking to your child about appropriate behavior and talk in the game. If you have a younger child this is especially important. You want your child to know that they can always come to you if they have a problem in the game, and that you will not punish them if they get themselves into a bad situation. Talk to your child too about how to talk to other people in the game, meaning being nice and respectful. If your child is mean or rude to other players, this can bring on cyberbullying from that player or a group of other players. Make sure your child knows about boundaries and being responsible while in the game, meaning never ask inappropriate questions to other players which could upset them to the point of wanting to retaliate against your child.
Sit In Games with Your Child- When it comes to being cyberbullied online, some children will not tell their parents out of being scared or embarrassed about the situation. You want to sit down in the game with your child every once in a while, which helps you keep track of what they are doing in the game and who they are talking to. If your child knows that you will be sitting in with them here and there, then they will be more likely to come to you when a problem first arises. They will also feel like there is no sense in hiding what is going on because you probably will find out sooner than later. By sitting in with your child, they will feel you are interested in what they are doing and want to know what is going on, and that line of communication will be more easily accessible.