Cyberbullying Guide for Parents – Prevention Summary
The following is a list of steps to take in order to minimize cyberbullying.
1.For young children, restrict access to all types of technological devices for as long as possible. These devices can have adverse health effects that are not commonly known.
2.Put parental controls on all devices and set times when devices can be used. Be mindful with regard to what your child or teenager is taking in on video games. Adult sites should be prevented on your home network.
3.Make sure your child has a network of friends to rely on and strong social ties. This can be achieved through play dates, sport or any type of activity. This can be one of the most effective tools in preventing cyberbullying as it will reduce the child’s perception of themselves as different through participation in something where everybody is just a player in the game. Having a network of friends will increase the prevention of bullying which leads to cyberbullying. It will also result in an increased likelihood of intervention in the event of bullying online or offline, as proven by the vast majority of available research.
4.Ask the school what kind of bullying and cyberbullying prevention measures are in place. If there are none, ask why.
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