Kids may not always recognize bullying. Some kids also may be too ashamed to talk to their families about it. That’s why it’s important to talk about online and digital behavior before kids start interacting with others online or on their devices.
To prepare kids for going online or getting a cell phone, or, if you know they have been bullied online, offer these steps they can take immediately:
Sign off the computer. Ignore the attacks and walk away from the cyberbully.
Don’t respond or retaliate. If you’re angry or hurt, you might say things you’ll regret later. Cyberbullies often want to get a reaction out of you, so don’t let them know their plans have worked.
Block the person who is bullying. If you get mean messages through IM or a social-networking site, take the person off your buddy or friends list. You also can delete messages from bullies without reading them.
Save and print out bullying messages. If the harassment continues, save the evidence. This could be important proof to show parents or teachers if the bullying doesn’t stop.
Talk to a friend. When someone makes you feel bad, sometimes it can help to talk the situation over with a friend.
Tell a trusted adult. A trusted adult is someone you believe will listen and who has the skills, desire, and authority to help you. Telling an adult isn’t tattling — it’s standing up for yourself. And, even if the bullying occurs online, your school probably has rules against it.
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