Prevent Cyber Bullying Tip Sheet
- Educate your children on the danger of cyber bullying
- Many children will not only be frightened but also confused on what to do if they are the victim of a cyber bully.
- Be sure to educate your children and encourage them to tell an adult if they are being bullied.
- Don't open or read any messages from a cyber bully
- Your child will not be intimidated by a cyber bully if he does not open messages sent by them
- Teach your child to ignore and report messages from a cyber bully to a trusted adult.
- Many email clients and messaging services have features to block messages from certain individuals. Make use of these utilities. They will be helpful in eliminating the cyber bully's attacks.
- Don't respond to the cyber bully with anger
- A cyber bully will feed off of your anger since that is the reaction that they are looking for. Don't give them that satisfaction. It will only fuel them even more.
- Save the evidence and report cyber bullying
- Internet service providers are sometimes able to block cyber bullies. Schools and law enforcement also have their own procedures they follow when it comes to cyber bullies.
- Make sure that you save any and all emails and/or messages sent by the cyber bully because they may be needed to take action.
- Report any type of threat to law enforcement immediately
- If a threat is made on your life or on your child's life report it to law enforcement immediately even if you do not know who is sending the message