Warning signs to watch out for

Aggressive behaviour

Self-isolation

Lack of appetite

Hesitancy to go to school

Over consumption of the internet and online games

Sudden behavioural changes

Visible signs of self-harm

Tips to prevent with cyberbullying

Bring digital experiences up into normal, everyday conversations

Remember, there is often little distinction between what your children do online and offline

Remind your child that they should always treat others as they want to be treated

Talk to them about any prominent cases of cyberbullying in the media and any trending apps or platforms as a starting point to discuss the issue

Discuss the potential consequences of what they say and do online, along with the ‘stickiness’ of the web. Once it’s out there, it’s very difficult to remove content

Talk about how they would deal with seeing someone else being bullied and what steps to take

Help them to understand that their behaviour in online environments should reflect their offline behaviour

Check to see if they’re aware of how to report or block people on the apps they use

Make them aware of places to turn for help like Ditch The Label who have a dedicated online support hub and community available at DitchtheLabel.org

Encourage your child to set high privacy settings and not to connect with anybody they don’t know offline

Help them gain the social and critical skills they need to navigate the online world

Tips to deal with cyberbullying

Listen to what they have to say and make sure they know you are taking it seriously

Help them feel empowered and supported to deal with the situation

Ask them how you can help them, or what steps they want to take next

Collect evidence and together assess how serious the cyberbullying is by the impact it has had on your child

Report and block the perpetrator to the site’s administrators / moderators

If they are the perpetrator, help them understand the impact of their actions, what to do to deal with consequences and change their behaviour. It’s also important to show you understand why they are behaving in such a way

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