What can I do if my child is a victim of cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology, such as the internet or a mobile device to bully others.
Being a victim of cyberbullying can be very distressing for a young person and occasionally they don’t know who is bullying them. Cyberbullying includes things such as sending nasty text messages or emails, or setting up a hate group on a social networking site. The bullying may also happen 24/7 and the victims are often targeted even when they are in the comfort of their own home. Images and text messages can be circulated very quickly and widely on the internet which can make it difficult to combat cyberbullying.
Tips to help with cyberbullying:
Don’t deny access to technology: this may prevent your child from speaking to you about cyberbullying. When we asked a group of pupils about why they wouldn’t tell someone if they were being cyberbullied, their main response was that they were worried the technology that they use on a daily basis would be taken away from them.
Discuss cyberbullying with your child: explore the tools available together and know how to report nasty messages.
Savetheevidence:encourageyourchildtosavetheevidenceofany messages he/she receives. This is so they have something to show when they do report the cyberbullying.
Don’t reply: most of the time the bully is looking for a reaction when he/she is teasing or calling someone nasty names. Tell your child not to reply, if they do they’re giving the bully exactly what they want. Instead, they should tell someone about what they have seen.
Look for other resources on Hwb – use the search box and type in ‘cyberbullying’