Cyberbullying is a serious issue. Parents need to be able to recognize if their child is getting cyberbullied, but it is just as important to recognize if their child is the one doing the cyberbullying. Just as parents can be a big help to their child if they are getting bullied, they can also help their child understand that cyberbullying is very hurtful.
Your child may be the cyberbully if they exhibit the following behaviors:
- Quickly switch screens or close programs when you walk by.
- Use the computer at all hours of the night.
- Get unusually upset if they cannot use the computer.
- Laugh excessively while online.
- Avoid discussions about what they are doing.
- Use multiple online accounts or use an account that is not their own.
Stay involved with your child’s online life by having conversations about appropriate behavior online. Share stories of those who have been bullied. Help your child understand that bullying in any form is painful.
Together we can stop cyberbullying!
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