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Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls

How do I protect my young child from cyberbullying?

The ability to read, write, and communicate with others opens up new online social opportunities for kids. If they're using social features on apps, on mobile devices, or in online games, they could be exposed to name-calling, teasing, or cyberbullying, but explaining the basics of kind, responsible, and safe online behavior will help protect them. It also can be helpful to remember that cyberbullying is fairly rare, so although it's important for kids to be prepared, there's no need to scare them.

Here are more ways to protect your child from cyberbullying:

If they think they're being bullied, your kids should follow the rules of STOP:

  • STOP using the computer.
  • TELL an adult you trust what happened.
  • Get the OK from an adult before going back online or returning to the website where the bullying happened.
  • PLAY with other kids who don't take part in cyberbullying.

Lastly, your kid may want to tell the bully how his or her actions made him or her feel, after getting advice from an adult.