How to Prevent Cyberbullying

A Guide for Parents to Help Their Children

Cyberbullying and Kids

The Internet can be a dangerous place for children if they use it to bully others or if they are being bullied themselves. Cyberbullying, or bullying online, can cause kids to feel unsafe or harm their self esteem, and often times parents don't even know their child is either bullying or being bullied themselves. Here are some warning signs that are associated with bullying, including cyberbullying:

- Change in mood

- Withdrawal

- Drop in grades

- Sudden loss of friends

- Bruises or unexplainable injuries

No parent wants their child to be involved with cyberbullying. Below are some resources that can be used to help assure your child is not.

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How Can You Talk to Your Child About Cyberbullying?

Sitting your child down and talking about cyberbullying could easily be successful. However, that doesn't always work. Using technological resources to explain what cyberbullying is is a successful way of getting the topic across. It's hard to get your ideas across to younger children. Luckily, several websites have videos and information for kids that explains it in a way that they would understand. Here are a few of these resources:
Cyber Bullying (UNICEF)

Remember, Together We Can All Stop Cyberbullying!

It's important to talk to your children about cyberbullying. Nobody wants to be bullied, and no parent wants to see their child be bullied either. Together we can stop cyberbullying!
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