How to Deal with Cyberbullying
Tablets, smart phones and laptops, all with social and digital media capabilities, are ubiquitous. Because of this, bullying has easily converted to these platforms and has been given the name “cyberbullying.”
Admitting to being cyberbullied can be difficult for your child. Similar to physical bullying, victims often don’t speak up due to being ashamed or to avoid embarrassment. Cyberbullying can be described as getting degraded or humiliated on social media sites, instant messages or through text messages. Another form of cyberbullying can involve posting embarrassing photos on the Internet to torment or humiliate a person. Sometimes it can be hard to classify or notice, even for the person doing the cyberbullying. To help, we have list of warning signs to look for if you suspect your child is being cyberbullied.
If your child’s behavior matches any of the warning signs above, it is possible that he or she is being bullied online. Communicate with your child and find out if there is someone cyberbullying them. Let your child know that it is important to speak up to you or to a teacher, principal or guidance counselor about cyberbullying at school.
Cyberbullying is a crime and should not be taken lightly. Visit StopBullying.gov to learn more about anti-bullying laws and policies in Indiana. Remember to be supportive of your child if they are being bullied physically or online, as this can affect them emotionally. Find out how you can take action, what steps to take immediately and how to report cyberbullying.