Keep Kids Safe from Cyberbullying

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Everything is online these days. That includes bullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that happens over digital devices like phones, computers, gaming devices, and tablets. It can happen anywhere people can share, see, or react to content like social media, texting, or game chats. Cyberbullying could be sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. Some cyberbullying even crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior. It’s important to understand the warning signs of cyberbullying to help keep kids safe.

Spot the Signs of Cyberbullying 
A child may be involved in cyberbullying in many ways. They could be bullied, bully others, or see the bullying happen. Parents, teachers, and other adults might not know all the digital media and apps that a child is using. But, when you can spot the warning signs that a child is involved in cyberbullying, you can take action to stop it and prevent it in the future. Many of the warning signs of cyberbullying happen around a child’s device. Some of the warning signs that a child may be involved in cyberbullying are:

  1. A child noticeably increases or decreases their device use.
  2. A child shows an emotional response, like anger or sadness, to what is happening on their device.
  3. A child hides their screen or device when others are around and avoids talking about their device.
  4. A child shuts down their social media accounts.
  5. A child starts to avoid social situations, even those they used to enjoy.
  6. A child becomes withdrawn, depressed, or loses interest in people and activities.

If you notice these warning signs that a child may be involved in cyberbullying, you should take action. Adults should respond to cyberbullying as they would bullying. They should support the child being bullied, address the bullying behavior, and show children that cyberbullying is serious. When everyone knows what cyberbullying is, how to recognize it, and the best ways to respond to it, we can help kids everywhere stay safe online.

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