Cyberbullying can be stopped by parents, teachers, and administrators before it gets worse. These are some practical ways to stop cyberbullying
If you don’t see the problem of cyberbullying, it’s difficult to protect your child. When something goes wrong, parents should be the first to help their children. Parents are often the last to learn about problems, as their children fear becoming more trouble. These are some practical tips that can be used to assist parents, schools, and children in stopping cyberbullying.
How Parents Can Stop Cyberbullying
1. Place the computer in a central area of your home. It should not be allowed in the bedrooms of your children. You should monitor their internet usage.
2. Find out how different social networking sites and apps work. Learn about Snapchat, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Ask your children to show you their profiles.
3. Discuss online issues with your children regularly. If they feel unsafe, upset, or need help, let them know.
4. Establish trust with your children. Discuss internet safety and Internet usage with your children. Ask your children to help you establish the rules. They’ll be more likely to follow them.
5. Inform your children not to respond to cyberbullying threats. Do not delete any messages. Print out all messages, including any email addresses or social media handles, and save them. To verify that there is cyber bullying, you will need to print the messages.
6. Do not react by blaming your children. Be supportive and understanding if they are bullied. Find out how long this bullying has gone on. Then, work together to solve the problem. Your children should know that they are not responsible for being bullied.
7. Do not overreact and tell your children to “shrug off” or simply deal with the bullying. Bullying can cause emotional trauma that can last a lifetime. Do not tease or respond with a “kids are kids” attitude.
8. If your children come to you with a problem, don’t threaten to remove their phone or computer. This will only make children more secretive.
9. Discuss bullying with your guidance counselor to keep them on the lookout for it during school hours.
10. Get law enforcement involved if there are continued threats of violence or bullying.
How Children Can Stop Cyberbullying
11. Do not respond to any email, text message, or app message sent by cyber bullies.
12. Do not be complicit by forwarding any messages to other kids.
13. Take a screenshot of the messages and print them out as evidence and proof of cyberbullying.
14. Tell an adult if you feel bullied.
How Schools Can Stop Cyberbullying
15. Establish a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of bullying. It is important to emphasize that bullying, harassment, and threatening behavior will not be tolerated.
16. Anti-bullying Policies should be in place for school districts. All stakeholders (teachers, parents, students, and administrators) should know about the policies before every school year begins.
17. Add Internet Safety Awareness classes to the curriculum.
18. Encourage students, parents, teachers, and other adults to participate in discussions on bullying prevention. Student councils and student panels can address the topic to their peers during school assemblies, PTA meetings, and other school-wide events. Get everyone involved!
You can also use parental control apps such as Bark, Safes, and Family time to protect your kids in the online world.