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How can I start a conversation with my child to find out if they're being cyberbullied?

Seeking Opinion Child Development , Safety & Privacy , How To 4 years ago writer
Parenting + Technology
London, UK

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Robert Hart-Fletcher expert
Robert Hart-Fletcher Consultant and Developer GB
E-safety expert

Children often feel humiliated when being bullied and may find it embarrassing to tell their parents. I've always found it's easier to start a potentially difficult conversation in a casual manner in the car, or any other situation where you're sitting alongside each other and your child doesn't have to look directly at you!

Here's 6 Steps to Combat Bullying:

  1. Tell your child "If you're being bullied, it's not your fault and we CAN stop it."

  2. Ask her to "Tell me all about it."

  3. Tell her "Don't reply to any more bad messages."

  4. Tell her "Don't erase any bullying messages." You can then take screen shots or printouts and keep a record of the messages as evidence.

  5. Find out together how you can can block the messages or the sender and make sure you child knows how to do it for herself in future.

  6. If blocking doesn't do the trick and bullying persists at school or online, tell your child's teacher and take your evidence with you.

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Mark Dinsdale expert
Mark Dinsdale Schools ICT eSafety Advisor Merton, GB

Use straight-forward language, and ask them if they are being Cyberbullied.

If they are I can present a film (in Sutton) which which highlights the dangers of cyber-bulling and can present to the individual person. It's is also worth telling the Head Teacher, and Designated Persons so that they can investigate.

I had a case last Friday where a parent was bullying two girls - saying that they were in their closet and under their bed. It was a Divorce situation, but and was reported to Social Services.

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