• Tips to Help When Your Child is Bullied Online
     
    Cyberbullying involves the use of information and technology such as e-mail, instant messaging, the publishing of defamatory personal web sites, and online personal polling web sites that are used to support conscious, willful, deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by one or more people with the intent to harm others.

    Here are some tips to help you protect your children against cyberbullying.

    • Make sure your children do not respond to rude and harassing e-mails, messages, and postings. Keep a record of them in case you need proof. Call law enforcement and inform your Internet Service Provider (ISP) if necessary.
    • Use web sites that translate the lingo your children are sending or receiving so that you can understand the words that are being used in e-mails and chatrooms.
    • If your children continue to receive harassing e-mails, have them delete their current accounts and open a new one. This new e-mail address should only be given to a few people they can trust with it.
    • If your children are receiving harassing messages through instant messaging, help them make use of the “block” or “ban” feature. This feature can be used to block certain individuals from being able to reach your child.
    • If you have found that a cyberbully has set up a web site that is defaming or mocking your child, contact your ISP and, if necessary, also inform law enforcement to try to get that web site removed.
    • Get your child's school involved. Learn what the school's policy on cyberbullying is, and urge the administrators to take a stance against all forms of bullying.

    Source: National Center For Missing & Exploited Children, http://www.missingkids.com/.

Last Modified on February 16, 2011