What to do next

Stay open

Keep an open door so your child feels confident to share anything they’re worried about online with you

Create a plan

Draw up a strategy together about how you are going to respond to the cyberbullying and what steps forward you will take

Involve school

If they need further support on how to use the internet, speak to the school for help

Watch for signs

Keep an eye out for signs that they might be being cyberbullied – you know your child better than anyone and will see changes in their behaviour

Talk regularly

Have regular conversations about your child’s online activity – kick off with these questions: Did you find anything interesting on Facebook/ Instagram (etc.) today? Who did you chat to? What did you chat about?

Did you enjoy it? Is there anyone that you don’t like online? Why? What is the thing you like best about being online and what’s the thing you are most worried about?

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