Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that occurs online or through digital devices. It can take many forms, including sending hurtful messages, spreading rumors, or sharing embarrassing photos or videos. Here are some steps that can be taken to prevent cyberbullying:
- Be aware of what your kids are doing online: Monitor your child’s digital behavior and be aware of the apps and platforms they are using. Encourage them to use privacy settings and to think before they post.
- Teach kids to be respectful online: Educate children about the importance of treating others with kindness and respect online. Encourage them to think about how their words and actions might affect others.
- Encourage kids to speak up: Let children know that it’s okay to speak up if they witness or experience cyberbullying. Encourage them to reach out to trusted adults for support and guidance.
- Model positive online behavior: Set a positive example by treating others with kindness and respect online. Children learn from observing the behavior of adults around them.
- Create a safe environment: Foster an environment where children feel comfortable discussing their daily life experiences, including cyberbullying. Starting conversations about daily life, feelings, and experiences can reassure children that they can seek help when needed.
- Know how to respond if cyberbullying occurs: If you suspect that your child is being cyberbullied, take steps to investigate their digital behavior. Document any harmful posts or content and report it to the appropriate authorities if necessary.
For more information on preventing cyberbullying, you can also visit StopBullying.gov
To attend a virtual Bullying Prevention training on October 25th from Noon-1:30pm (eastern time), register at Bullying Prevention Training – Prevent Child Abuse Indiana (pcain.org)