Parents can help stop cyber-bullying. You can start by talking to kids about the issue and teaching them the rules below that will help prevent cyber-bullying from happening to them or someone they know.
What Kids Need to Know:
- Never give out personal information online, whether in instant message profiles, chat rooms, blogs, or personal websites.
- Never tell anyone but your parents your password, even friends. If someone sends a mean or threatening message, don’t respond. Save it or print it out and show it to an adult. Never open emails from someone you don’t know or from someone you know is a bully.
- Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want your classmates to see, even in email. Don’t send messages when you’re angry. Before clicking “send,” ask yourself how you would feel if you received the message. Help kids who are bullied online by not joining in and showing bullying messages to an adult.
- Always be as polite online as you are in person. Since most cyberbullying takes place at home, it’s important that parents know about cyberbullying and that they get involved in preventing it. Just like parents help their kids avoid inappropriate websites, they can protect them from cyberbullying.