Preventing Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is a very serious issue many children and teens are facing today. Parents are becoming more aware of these issues, due to highly publicized tragedies involving suicides of children and teens, due in part to cyber bullying by peers.

It?s important not only to talk about what cyber bullying is but how to stop cyber bullying. Talking to children about the consequences of cyber bullying is often not enough. Teaching your children to respect one another and getting them to report any behavior to you they find inappropriate is important, as well.

Once cyber bullying starts your response may need to depend on the situation. Parents can?t usually turn to schools for off-campus incidents, even if the students attend school together because the law often says when schools are involved they are infringing on a student?s right to speech. So, parents often must handle the situation without the school?s help.

Parents need to have honest conversations with their children about what they see and do online, to prevent cyber bullying. Children should be able to come to a parent or another trusted adult if they are being cyber bullied.

By giving a child this open line of communication, a parent can help them deal with anything which comes their way. Parents should take what their child says seriously and be sure they act upon anything suspicious or bothersome to their child. In addition, parents should set limitations on children and teens regarding Internet use to avoid the possibilities of cyber bullying.

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