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? 

  1. Listen, reassure and support them. Give them your full emotional support
  2. Ask them not to reply – they are then making an active choice not to feed power to the bully
  3. Keep the evidence – make a written record of what’s happened
  4. Block the bullies – use the tools available according to where/how the messages are received. This may mean deleting from a ‘friends’ list
  5. 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.

Source: http://www.internetmatters.org/issues/cyberbullying.html

Goffs School 11-14yrs students have produced an app game for children aged 4-14 called Cybersafe. Why not check it out.

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