Bullying in cyberspace can have as many negative effects as bullying that happens face to face. Cyberbullying pulls bullying from the school yard into the home, making it difficult for the victim to escape.
A few areas for discussion with your child:
1. Don't give out personal information on the internet: name, family member names, address, phone number ...
2. Keep track of the cyberbullying behaviour. If you see cyberbullying behaviour do a screen capture to record the information on the screen. Save the screen capture and print it out for your records.
3. Talk to your children about where they go and what they do online. Be aware about what they are posting on web pages, chats and discussion boards.
4. If you are being bullied through email or instant messaging do not respond to the emails. Block the sender and do not reply to harassing messages.
5. Encourage your children to discuss with you any materials that are communicated to them that makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened.
6. Report It. Talk to the school if it is a student from the same school as your child. Talk to the internet service provider if the cyberbullying appears on a web site. Talk to the police because their may be local laws that prohibit this type of harassment, if there are physcal threats call the polic immediately.