8 Steps to Protecting Your Kids From Cyberbullying

By LegalShield

Published February 11, 2016

Step 1

Sit your kids down and talk to them about bullying in general. Ask them to describe what bullying looks like on the playground and what it looks like online. By doing this you also may become aware of if your own child is becoming or acting like a bully and can change this as soon as possible.



Step 2

Teens are a bit harder to identify cyberbullying with, especially if your teen knows more about tech than you. Make sure you have conversations with them about what do if they are being bullied online, even if they are unwilling to share details of their social life with you, they will fall back to advice in times of need. Just in case, look for warning signs like weight changes, complete withdrawal from school activities, and hesitation to share most online activities.



Step 3

Stay educated on different methods of cyberbullying like flaming, impersonation, outing, and general harassment. Also, learn what sites your kids frequent and if they are using social media know what ones they are using; that includes the social apps on their phones.



Step 4

If you learn that your kid is being targeted by a bully, avoid direct confrontation. It can be hard, but cyberbullies feed off responses and that can create more bullying. Sometimes, completely ignoring the bully will end things before they progress further.



Step 5

Just in case it goes further, make sure to save the evidence of bullying. Be sure to take screenshots of any emails, chat history, and images.



Step 6

If you are dealing with a bully that is a minor it may be best to attempt to reach out to a parent or guardian about the matter first. Or if the bully attends your kid’s school be sure to reach out to the administrators, and their teachers. Many schools will help you with documenting the situation and in a lot of cases the bully may be sent to another school.



Step 7

Be aware that there are some laws to penalize cyberbullying, but they may not always act quickly. However, if there’s a threat of violence or any posting of pornographic images those are law breaking offenses and should be reported instantly.



Step 8

In a worse case the situation persists. At this point call your attorney and they will help you protect the victim and take any necessary steps for your child’s safety.