On social media, peers can bully children. This type of aggression is known as cyberbullying. Here are some tips for parents on how to respond when this happens.
- If you discover that your kid is being cyberbullied, offer your support. Clarify that it’s not his or her fault and reassure him or her that you can handle it together.
- Make sure you save (screenshot) messages and pictures that contain offensive or intimidating messages. This information can serve as evidence of cyberbullying and be provided to law enforcement.
- Add the bully to your blacklist and block the pages/accounts/phone numbers from which the bullying is coming. Bullies often stop their behavior when they don’t elicit the reaction they desire.
- Check your child’s page’s privacy settings and eliminate any personal details.
- Hide the profile for a while. If your child has trouble talking to their friends, make a new profile with a different name and a fake photo.
- Find out if the child knows the aggressor in real life and what he or she knows about him or her.
- If the attacks continue after taking all necessary steps, contact the Cyber Police Department’s hotline at 0 800 505 170.