Children are spending increasingly more time online making it more important than ever for parent to monitor their child’s Internet activity. According to the National Crime and Prevention Council and StopBullying.gov, parents should make sure that their children are looking at age-appropriate websites, monitor their social media activity and regulate their overall time spent online. Even when parents are doing all of these things, the one thing you can’t control is what other people are saying or doing to your children online.
Online bullying, called cyberbullying, occurs when children use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post texts or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens. Whether you’ve been a victim of cyberbullying, know someone who has been cyberbullied, or have even cyberbullied yourself, there are steps to take to stop cyberbullying and stay cyber-safe.
Ways For Your Child To Stop Cyberbullying
- Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages – If your child comes across a message that is hurtful and is a form of cyberbullying, tell them not to pass it along.
- Tell friends to stop cyberbullying – Don’t be a bystander. If you see it happening, tell that person to stop.
- Block communication with the bully – If you are able to, block them from your social media sites, block them on instant message, put their email in the junk folder and block their phone number. If they can’t communicate with you, they can’t bully you.
- Report the cyberbullying to a trusted adult – Don’t try and take this on by yourself. There are many people who are able to help you.
- Speak with other students, teachers and administrators to develop rules against cyberbullying.
- Raise awareness about cyberbullying – hold an assembly, create flyers and share with your friends.
Tips To Tell Your Child About Internet Use
- Never post or share your, or others, personal information online – including your full name, address, telephone number, school name, parents’ names, credit card number or social security number.
- Never share Internet passwords with anyone, except your parents.
- Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online.
- Talk with parents about what you are doing online.