What are the Most Common Ways of Cyberbullying?
Text messaging – writing mean, abusive or threatening comments to someone
Social Network Bullying – posting cruel messages on sites like Facebook or creating false profiles or group about someone
Email and Instant Messaging bullying – sending nasty or threatening emails or instant messages
Sharing images – publishing or sharing photos, videos or webcam footage of someone without their permission
Chatroom bullying – saying mean, threatening or offensive things about others in online chatrooms
Interactive Game bullying – deliberate blocking, ignoring or excluding an individual from multi-player games
So what should you do if you discover that your child is being cyberbullied?
- Listen, reassure and support them. Give them your full emotional support
- Ask them not to reply – they are then making an active choice not to feed power to the bully
- Keep the evidence – make a written record of what’s happened
- Block the bullies – use the tools available according to where/how the messages are received. This may mean deleting from a ‘friends’ list
- Don’t deny access to technology – in other words ban. This is a major reason why children are afraid to tell their parent and carers they are being bullied. Moderate your child’s use instead.