Tips for Parents re Cyber-Bullying
Agree with your child rules for internet use in your home i.e. when and for how long.
- Encourage your child to be careful when disclosing personal information online
- Talk about the risks associated with meeting online friends
- Teach your child about content on the net
- Don't be too critical of your child's exploration of the internet
- Report online material you may consider illegal to the appropriate authorities
- Encourage respect for others
- Know your child's internet use and be aware of the sites they access
- Be alert to changes in your child's mood or behaviour. Investigate such changes in order to reach out and support them.
- If you suspect that your child is responsible for online bullying, address that behaviour and remind your child of the damage and consequences of this behaviour
The internet is now part of everyday life for students. The positive educational aspects of the internet far outweigh the negatives. Being open and regularly talking with your children about their lives, their interests, their school days and their friends is the best way to encourage them to talk about things they are worried about, including bullying.
If your child confides in you that they are being bullied, reassure them that they have done the right thing in making you aware of the problem. Advise them in a positive manner on how to deal with this behaviour and look for solutions together such as responding to the bully in an assertive manner and getting the assistance of their friends to stand up on their behalf. We can all work together to help prevent this phenomenon from affecting the welfare of all children.
We in school have spoken to the students on a number of occasions about bullying and cyber-bullying. We will continue to do so and will remain vigilant to any signs or reports of bullying. If you do have any concerns about your daughter in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact their Year Head.