Expert advice: What to do if your child is being cyberbullied?
Although the wired world helps to open our kids’ eyes and minds to new discoveries, it can also make them susceptible to various ‘online dangers’ such as cyberbullying.
Our Norton Internet Safety Advocate, Effendy Ibrahim, shares some advice and tips to help parents best safeguard their kids against cyberbullying and other online dangers.
About our expert
Our Norton Internet Safety Advocate, Effendy Ibrahim, is passionate about promoting family online safety issues. A father of four boys, he has spearheaded numerous awareness, educational and innovative programmes in the community. Apart from that, he has also been a vocal commentator on a range of topics including cyberbullying, social networking threats, Internet etiquette and safe online practices. Effendy is also a member of the Media Literacy Council.
Question from a concerned parent: My son’s classmates posted their school photos online and teased him about it, affecting his behaviour at home. What can I do about this? How can Norton help to prevent my child from being cyberbullied?
If your child is a victim of cyberbullying, there are two things you can do.
First, ask if your child knows the cyberbully? If he/she does, you can take the next step by chatting with the cyberbully’s parents and get their help and cooperation to address the issue. It is important for parents to be in touch with their children. Parents should also be able to pick up the signs and signals that their children are victims of cyberbullying.
After talking to your child, the next thing you should do is to get all the details of the cyberbullying incident, have it documented and compiled before reporting to the relevant authorities. If the cyberbullying occurs in school and involves classmates, approach the school principal so that appropriate action can be taken (e.g. counseling the perpetrators). However, if the cyberbullying occurs outside of school and is serious, you should proceed to make a police report. There are also organisations that you can reach out to for help.
For the full listing and to find out more about these organisations, go to www.medialiteracycouncil.sg.
Cyberbullying among children: What else can I do to keep my children safe online?
Apart from the advice above, Effendy also shared essential S.T.A.R.R tips to minimise the risks and ensure our children know what to do if they are picked on by a bully online:
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