Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cyberbullying: What To Do If It Happens To Your Kid

lexisONE(R) reprinted Cyberbullying: What To Do If It Happens To Your Kid. I think the following are good points to remember:

"Parents need to be aware of cyberbullying by monitoring their teen's online activity. If a cyberbully harasses your teen, the California Association Marriage and Family Therapists offers the following tips for parents:

* Encourage your teen not to respond to the bullying.
* Save pictures and messages as evidence.
* Contact your teen's school to report the cyberbullying.
* Closely monitor your teen's computer use.
* Try to identify the individual doing the bullying.
* If possible, block the cyberbully from future contact.
* Try to contact the cyberbully's parents, if possible.
* Contact the police or an attorney if cyberbullying becomes violent.

Cyberbullying should not be taken lightly. If your child is seriously troubled by a cyberbully and it affects his or her emotional or mental behavior, consider seeking professional help."

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