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How to Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying


Here are easy tips to help parents protect their children from being a victim of cyberbullying:

  1. Set Google or Bing alerts for your child’s name; that way you’ll know immediately what is being said about him or her by others.
  2. Tell your kids that technology is a privilege, not a right. If they don't use it ethically, there are consequences.
  3. Put your home computer in a visible public place. Check the history to see what sites your child is visiting.
  4. Have access to your child's social networking sites and check them regularly. Talk to your kids about the dangers of sharing information on these sites. The more information your child puts out there, the greater the chance that this information could be used to bully your child.
  5. Say "no" to Formspring and other applications that allow anonymous posting. Remind your kids that the Internet is a worldwide billboard and they should never post anything they wouldn't want a college recruiter or future employer to see.
  6. Know the terms and conditions of the websites and social media your kids regularly use, i.e., My Space, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Report any attacks immediately as these sites will shut down perpetrators' accounts if they know individuals are being harassed.
  7. Monitor kids' text and data usage. If they abuse it, discontinue these services.
  8. Know your state's laws related to cyberbullying. For more information, visit www.bullypolice.org.
  9. Teach your children to treat others the way they want to be treated.
  10. Teach your children to avoid retaliation and report abuse to a parent or trusted adult immediately.



These tips were developed by I AM H·E·R·E, a coalition for teen and young adult mental health, in partnership with the Bully Suicide Project, CONTACT Crisis Line, Dallas Independent School District and the Grant Halliburton Foundation.