Is Your Child Being Cyberbullied? Do's and Don'ts

Do's

  • Talk with your child about cyberbullying.
  • Tell your children not to respond to any cyberbullying threats or comments online.
  • Document the cyberbullying by keeping a record of any online cyberbullying activity.
  • Report the cyberbullying to your internet and mobile service provider.
  • Report any abusive content on your child’s social networking sites to the provider (e.g. Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook).
  • Report the cyberbullying to your child’s school.
  • Report the cyberbullying to the RCMP, especially if there are threats of violence or sexual harassment.

 

Young boy looking at his phone, very upset by what he sees

Don'ts

  • Do not tell your child to “just ignore it”.  
  • Do not blame your child for being cyberbullied.
  • Do not criticize them for not coming to you earlier, or for how they’ve handled things.
  • Do not tell your child to retaliate. If your child begins responding, it may escalate the situation and spur on the person doing the cyberbullying.

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