There are steps parents can take if you think your child is being Cyber Bullied
- First, make sure your child knows you love and support them.
- Convince the child to take a step back from the situation by taking a break from their computer or mobile device.
- Take screenshots of the cyberbullying activity.
- If your child knows the identity of the bully, consider discussing the situation with the bully’s parents.
- Consider contacting school authorities. If bullying is taking place online, it’s possible that it’s also happening in person at school.
While it may sound a bit like you’re violating their privacy, make sure your kids know that you might take a look at their messaging apps and browser history at any time. Even when they’re in the middle of a conversation or a study session. This will make them more mindful in their communications and may make them think twice about talking to strangers or participating in cyberbullying.
Not only pay attention to your child’s online behavior but also pay attention to what you’re doing online. Think twice before posting photos of your child. If you do, restrict access to trusted friends and family. Don’t share your child’s full name. Also, think twice before allowing them to have a Facebook or Twitter account.
If your kids are already on social networks, friend them or follow them. Make sure they confirm you as a friend or follower. That way they know you’ll see what they post online. Sure, they can post things and block you from seeing them, but you’re going to be randomly checking their social media account, computer, and mobile device activity anyway, so…