WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
WHAT IS IT?
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to tease, humiliate, threten, and/or harass someone. It can take place through text messaging or social media. Cyberbullies might send mean comments, post embarrassing photos, or share private information about someone to humiliate or mock them online. Even if a child is not being cyberbullied, remind them that it is everyone's job to prevent bullying and encourage them to take a stand.
A child who is being cyberbullied may:
- Avoid using the Internet
- Seem stressed when getting an email, instant message, or text
- Withdraw from family and friends
- Resist attending school and social events
- Show signs of low self-esteem like depression or fear
- Have declining grades
- Stop eating or sleeping
- In serious cases, they may consider suicide
DEAL WITH IT!
If your child is being cyberbullied, teach them to:
- Not respond
- Save the evidence
- Talk to a trusted adult
- Report it to the website or app where the cyberbullying is taking place
If your child is being cyberbullied, YOU should:
- Meet with school administrators to discuss a plan of action and their bullying policy
- Talk about the situation with the bully's parent or guardian
STAND UP TO IT!
If your child sees someone being cyberbullied, tell them to:
- Not forward embarrassing photos or messages
- Not comment on insulting or harrassing posts
- Report it to the website or app where it is occurring
- Tell a trusted adult
- Support the vicitm by being a good friend and showing the cyberbullies they won't join in
SOURCE: NetSmartz (www.netsmartz.org)