Why is it important to have a conversation?
We’ve all been on the receiving end of difficult conversations and as parents you sometimes have to instigate them at some stage. Cyberbullying is an important subject to talk to your child about regardless of their age, and how you start the conversation is going to depend on a lot of things, including how old and mature your child is.
It’s good to talk
Our children are important and special to us. We want them to grow up in a safe and loving environment and become happy, confident, resilient adults. To get there they need to be surrounded by positive influences, good advice and the knowledge that if they ever need help and support you are there to talk to.
As a parent, it’s you who they’ll look to for help. And, as they’re your child, it’s up to you to talk to them when you think they might need a nudge in the right direction and information that’s going to affect their lives and be important.
Talking about Cyberbullying
Bullying has changed probably since you were young, and while the emotional aspects of bullying continue to be devastating, the internet and social media have changed the way children are experiencing bullying.
I think it helps to remember that you are there to be your child’s parent – NOT their friend and you have a responsibility to keep them safe online, just as you do in real life. They may not like you, or thank you at the moment, but it’s important to jot down a few simple rules that you want your child to follow and for you and your partner to agree to, that will help reduce the chances that your child will be bullied online.