What to do if your child is a victim of cyber bullying

One of a parents worst fears is finding out that their child is being bullied. Even worse, however, is finding out that your child is being bullied over the Internet. This may be more difficult for some parents, due to a lack of knowledge about the Internet. They may not know how to stop the bullying, or where to turn for help. this article will serve as an introduction to the steps you need to take if you find out your child is a victim of Internet bullying.

If your child tells you that they are being bullied over the Internet, the first thing to do is to teach them how to deal with the bullying. Explain to them that it is important for them not to retaliate to their aggressor, but instead to use the block or ignore function on their chat software. this maybe all it takes to discourage the bully. most bullies, however, are more persistent.

If the bully does not go away, it may be necessary to teach your child how to log their chats. Most instant messaging software has a function that when turned on, allows the user to log the dates, times, and content of each chat. These can then be saved to your hard drive or printed out if necessary. If your child is a victim of bullying, this is the main tool in your arsenal, so be sure to teach them how to use it. If you’re unsure yourself, you can probably find a tutorial on the Internet by using your favorite search engine.

If after being warned or blocked, the bully does not go away, it may be time to seek outside help. Bullying and harassment are against many Internet service providers terms of service. By tracking the IP address, you may be able to get their account banned if you complain about harassment. You may also be able to contact the authorities in your town for help, especially if the bully goosed your child’s school. Your local school officials may also be able to help. However, they may be hesitant to take action if the bullying is taking place outside of school hours. No matter who you contact, you will need a record of the conversations between the bully and your child, which is why it is important to save the chat records.

As a parent it is your job to protect your child. If your child comes to you and tells you that they are being bullied, you will need to take action on their behalf. Bullying can seriously affect a child’s life and self-esteem, so be sure you take appropriate action.

Have a great day!

Lawrence