The days when a child's home was a refuge from playground or neighborhood bullies is over. The Internet is the new playground, and there are no off hours. The popularity of instant messaging, e-mail, web pages, and blogging means that your kids are potential targets — all day, every day. Even worse, a survey conducted by i-SAFE America found that 58 percent of children surveyed had not told their parents or any adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.
You, and your kids, can help stop cyberbullies. First, tell your children they do not have to accept any online activity that is meant to intimidate, threaten, tease or harm them or anyone else. Giving bullies attention is exactly what they want, so ignore them as much as possible.
Make sure you or your children tell their school if the bullying is school related or involves another student. All schools have bullying solutions. If you or your children are threatened with harm, contact your local police.
For more information about cyberbullying, visit StopCyberbullying.org, where you can find examples of cyberbullying and suggestions for what to do if your child is a victim.
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