It is no secret that cyberbullying is a widespread issue for many kids across the United States, that is why it’s important that as parents, we provide our kids with a simple step-by-step guide on how to stop cyberbullying in its tracks.
If you’re wondering what cyberbullying is it can be defined as the use of technology to bully an individual with the intent to hurt them socially, psychologically, or physically. To learn about the various types of cyberbullying, check out our article on the 7 Types of Cyberbullying.
What Does Cyberbullying Look Like?
- Abusive texts, messages, and emails
- Excluding someone from an online group
- Posting or sending unwanted or intimidating messages
- Humiliating others online
- Hurtful online gossip and messages
- Impersonating others online
- Cruel messages, images, and content
- Revealing personal or embarrassing information about an individual
How to Stop Cyberbullying
- REPORT: Report the malicious messages or content to the social media service.
- COLLECT: Take screenshots, save the messages, and copy any URLs.
- BLOCK: Do not respond or retaliate. They could use that against you. Block them immediately. This would also be a great time to adjust your privacy settings on your various social networking accounts.
- TALK: Tell an adult such as a parent, relative, or teacher that you trust so together you can come up with a plan to resolve the cyberbullying.
10 SIGNS YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED ONLINE
Kids all react differently to being bullied and stressful situations, but if you notice any of the following changes in your child, take the time to address online bullying in a relaxing setting to let them know you are there to support and help them.
- Falls behind in schoolwork
- Fears going to school or social events
- Hesitant to go online
- Seems upset after using the computer or cell phone
- Loses interest in hanging out with friends
- Hides cell phone screen when you walk by
- Clears computer history after use
- Change in sleep or appetite
- Visible changes in personality and behavior
- Sudden change in friends or interests