Help Stop Cyberbullying

Help Stop Cyberbullying bb3 Dec 12, 2014

By Staff Writer

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Cyberbullying is a growing problem in Canada: More than one-third of teens have witnessed it, and one in five teens has been a victim. In an effort to curb the issue, the government has proposed legislation to crack down on cyberbullies.

Help Stop Cyberbullying

Parents play an important role in ending online abuse. Teach your teen to be safe and responsible, and familiarize yourself with the signs of cyberbullying.

What can I do to help stop cyberbullying?

  • Talk to your child about online safety. Stress the importance of never sharing passwords or other personal information on the web.

  • Discuss safe smartphone use, such as password-protecting the device. Also remind your teen to think twice before texting. If they wouldn’t want a stranger to see the message, they shouldn’t hit send.

  • Monitor technology use. Effective strategies might include restricting electronics to common areas of your home and setting limits on screen time.

  • Encourage your child to report malicious online activities to an adult.

  • Explain the serious legal consequences a cyber bully can face for harassment, identity fraud and even child pornography. Learn how the law handles cyberbullying in your province.

Is my child being cyberbullied?

Talk to your child if you believe he or she is being targeted online. If your child is hesitant to open up, look for behavioural signals such as:

  • Spending less time on the phone or computer
  • Deleting social networking profiles
  • Changing behaviour after opening a text or reading an online message

Find helpful advice for parenting a child that’s being cyberbullied.

Is my child the cyber bully?

No parent wants their child to send threatening texts, post embarrassing photos of others or take part in any other form of cyberbullying. Keep an eye out for signs your teen is the instigator:

  • Being secretive about online habits

  • Using social media, cell phones and other technology excessively — especially when they think no one is around

  • Overhearing teasing or insults when your child is online with friends

Get tips for dealing with a child who is cyberbullying.