Cyber Safe Parent: How to deal with cyberbullying

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Cyberbullying is a big deal these days, and chances are, if you have a teenager in your house, they’ve dealt with it, or at least know someone who has.

So, what do you tell to your child to do if they experience cyberbullying.

Our information comes from the National Cyber Safety Alliance.

First, tell a trusted adult about what’s going on.

Then, save any of the related emails, text messages or other correspondence as evidence.

Next, report the incident to the website’s administrator. Many social media platforms and other websites encourage users to report incidents of cyberbullying.

It’s also important that you or your child block the person on social media and in email and avoid escalating the situation by responding with hostility.

Often, bullies thrive on the reaction of their victims, so it may be best to ignore the comments all together, but the more severe threats become, the more likely law enforcement needs to be contacted and a legal process initiated.

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