Getting ready to talk

Think about when and where best to talk to them – in the car or a neutral place where they feel safe

Be open and encouraging to make them feel supported

Jot down what you want to say to focus your mind, and make the conversation relevant to them

Have a few bite sized conversations to give them time to process

What you need to know

Think carefully about allowing your child on social media as the minimum age on most networks is 13 years old

Cyberbullying can take place 24/7 and happens repeatedly on a range of apps, games and devices

Younger children can confuse any nasty comment or opinion as ‘bullying’ so their understanding of bullying can be different to that of adults

Bullying is a learnt behaviour – so it’s important to set a good example and regularly reinforce being a good digital citizen

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