What should I do if my teenager is cyberbullied in an online game?

First, determine if it's real cyberbullying or just heated trash talk. Here are some examples of gameplay behavior that could cross the line into cyberbullying:

"Griefing." Repeatedly harming a player's avatar or placing the avatar in harmful situations that make it hard to play the game. This behavior is often directed at new players by more experienced players.

"Trolling." Intentionally trying to frustrate, anger, and offend other players. Trolls may pretend to be someone they're not or say inflammatory things.

Invading privacy. Using personal information (such as an address, a phone number, or even friends' names) in direct threats.

Stalking. Everywhere your kid goes in a game, the bully is there -- often with private information on your kid.

Ganging up. Enlisting other players to surround a player and intimidate and scare him or her.

If your kid is the target of hostile online play, he or she should block the offending player, flag the behavior, and report the player. Nearly every reputable online game (and virtual worlds for younger kids) has community-reporting tools that you can use to call out behavior that violates the site's terms of service.

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Teen, 14 years old written by Smartteen

Any kid or adult who has that little self confidence to be concerned by that shouldn't be on any online games. They should know how to get away from the griefing.
Teen, 14 years old written by horrorfan123

its a game just ignore them i mean this is what its come to "oh my kid being briefed in minecraft" yeah well life isn't fair
Kid, 11 years old

You have just insulted someone on a post about cyber-bullying. Amazing. Also, grieving doesn't just apply to Minecraft. It applies to practically any game where characters can die and buildings can be destroyed.
Teen, 13 years old written by evrska9

Block the said player, report them, and join a new server. If the cyberbully persists, recommend taking a break from the game or maybe finding more wholesome games or servers to play on. If you or your child know the player, talk to them in person. If they still keep it up, talk to their parent.
Parent of a 10 year old written by ABA

If the bully is someone your child knows, alert the parents of the bully NOW
Teen, 14 years old written by LostInPLace

Keep them off said game, or join new servers, that kind of thing. Or, if all else fails USE THE MUTE BUTTON!