How should my kid respond to haters and trolls online?

Those folks who make cruel remarks just to stir the pot are everywhere. Kids are affected by this to varying degrees, depending on many factors, including a kid's age, his or her level of sensitivity, the severity of the comments, and the kid's social situation. Here are some tips for dealing with the emotional impact and the practical aspects of online haters and trolls:

Explain what it is. Hating and trolling is a form of cyberbullying. The behavior is unacceptable, and your kid shouldn't blame him or herself for what's happening.

Talk about why people act out. It may be for attention, it may be because people know they can get away with it, or it may be because the hater is just mean-spirited. Help your kid realize that the comments say more about the troll than they do about your kid.

Talk about feedback. The ability to handle criticism is a valuable skill that your kid will use for her entire life.

Focus on the good comments. Explain that comments are likely to run the gamut from insightful to insulting. Sometimes kids fixate on the negative and forget to acknowledge constructive comments.

Help her learn from it. She can learn from the experience that there's a way to respond appropriately and a way to phrase comments constructively.

Explain that your online identity isn't your real, true self. Kids may take the comments personally and begin to feel bad about themselves.

Get help. Your kid may need someone to talk to if the negativity has made an impact on his or her well-being.

Advise caution with in-person encounters. If your kid knows the troll -- or trolls -- the abuse could spill over into real life. Speak to other adults -- teachers, coaches, or parents -- to let them know there's a simmering social situation in which your kid is being targeted.

Ignore, block, unfollow. Tell your kid not to engage. Block and unfollow the hater using the site, game, or app's privacy settings.

Flag and report the behavior. Use the community reporting tools to let the company know someone is abusing their guidelines.

Take screenshots. If the trolling is threatening, personal, or hateful, save the evidence in case things escalate.

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Teen, 13 years old written by Moonstar2024

Today on my Youtube channel someone commented "you're a f*cking f*g", I'm a girl but I sound like a 12 year old boy, I just deleted the comment.
Teen, 16 years old written by NewAgePerspective

troll the troll all the way through. if you don't know the person that just say specifically this..... "My dad is on the fbi online terrorism investigation team and he can track you Ip address back to where you live and can press threat charges on you" No one messes with the fbi.
Teen, 13 years old written by C4i3ooze

I have been "cyberbullied" alot because I have a high pitched voice but a large part fo the internet is being able to say whatever you want, without having any repercussions. Anyone who gets upset enough to do anything more than say something mean back shouldn't be on the internet. I dont see the word cyberbullying as a thing because dealing with trolls is simply a part of being on the internet.
Teen, 17 years old written by JR_71

Ignoring really works. Sometimes if you're lucky you can troll the troll. Sometimes works, sometimes don't. Don't recommend doing it though.
Parent of a 10 year old written by ABA

When someone calls me stupid online i ignore them and they go away it works a lot but if it doesn't i just say " You are nice" and it makes them feel bad and don't be mean t - Commented by A Nine Year old
Kid, 10 years old

A lot of kids that get trolled on the Xbox or the computer have a greater risk of getting recorded and put on Youtube. The most popular ones are videos with them actually talking. (Mostly because they say ridiculous things or because they have a high-pitched voice. Most trollers refer to them as "squeakers") This is one reason why you should wait until a certain age before you give your child a microphone. But on an Xbox, you can talk with other people at any given time. To avoid this, you should tell your child to only talk to people you know and trust and never talk to strangers. You can't ignore it if the captured footage is on somebody's youtube channel. It might eventually get popular and will leave a scar on their reputation if anybody that your child knows sees the video.
Kid, 11 years old

If I Am Trolled On The Internet, I either Ignore it and Move On or Laugh it Off. Sometimes it's done for comedic purposes and should be laughed off when you find out. One thing though- unless it's badly bothering your child, shake it off! (See What I Did There XD) Also, Don't Call Everything Mean On The Internet Cyberbullying. Sometimes it's not said correctly or it's for comedic purposes.
Teen, 14 years old written by Palkiajack

This doesn't even answer the question. On the internet, we have a saying "Don't feed the trolls," which means that if you don't give them a reaction, they'll stop trying.
Kid, 11 years old

Your child should not respond because the bully wants a reaction. Even if you say whatever he will try to be more hurtful