Victims of cyberbullying are in a vulnerable state, it is important to make sure that parents respond to their child in a proper manner and take effective steps to resolve the problem.
Acknowledge your child’s pain. If your child did not come to you right away, do not blame, just let them know you are grateful they have come to you now. Tell your children that you won’t blame them if they are cyberbullied. Emphasize that you won’t take away their laptops or phones – this is the main reason kids don’t tell adults when they are cyberbullied.
A) Your first step is to listen to your child without being judgmental.
Here are the details which parents should ask their child in a gentle manner:
1) How long the cyberbullying has been going on.
2) The names of those involved (if known),
3)The forms of cyberbullying used.
4) If there is evidence of the cyberbullying such as saved text messages or posts. Or if the content is still online.
B) If you are able to identify the cyberbully, you should contact his parents or notify your child’s school if the cyberbully is also a student there. If the cyberbullying included a realistic physical threat of harm report it to your local law authority (cyber cell) immediately. Report this case of cyberbullying to the website used.
C) Educate your child about cyberbullying. And ask him to take these steps whenever he feels that he is cyberbullied:
1-Sign off the computer
2-Don’t respond or retaliate.
3-Block the bully.
4-Save and print out bullying messages.
5-Tell a trusted adult (parent or teacher)
D) Manage stress. Spending time in nature, listening to music or watching a movie are great ways to let off the stress for both kids and adults. Ask him to stay positive.
E) If you have not set in-house online safety rules, implement them on urgent basis. Make sure your child understands that these rules are for his online safety. Click here to know more on tips on setting up these rules.
F) Depending on how deeply the cyberbullying has impacted your child, you may also choose to set up an appointment with a counselor.
By keeping these tips in mind, you and your child can make sure that such incident doesn’t happen again in future.Make your family, cyber smart & stay safe online.
Take Care 🙂
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