Helping kids to speak up

The thought of your child being cyberbullied or harassed can be frightening, and not knowing what is the appropriate response can be confusing and difficult. No two cases of cyberbullying and online harassment are ever alike, since they take many forms, from malicious messages, distribution of personal information, posting of embarrassing photos, to trolling and rejection from an online group or conversation.

Cyberbullying and harassment are topics that parents should talk about with their children before incidents occur. A consistent parenting style that balances boundaries, nurturing open and honest conversations, will allow you to resolve these problems together, while also giving you room to intervene when you notice the signs. It would be good if you could have these conversations, when your child is moving from primary to secondary school, or when they start using a smartphone for the first time.