What questions can I ask my child to start a discussion about cyberbullying?
As children and youth continue to adopt technology in high numbers, the potential for abuse and misuse of the phone and cell phone to victimize peers(e.g., cyberbullying) increases dramatically.1 Empower your children with information. Start a dialogue at home and make sure your children understand what is considered cyberbullying and what isn’t.
- Here are a few questions you can ask your child to start a fruitful discussion:2
- Why do you think people harass or cyberbully?
- How would harassment make you feel? Have you ever felt that way?
- Have you ever sent an e-mail, text, or an IM out of anger?
- How would you react if someone created a fake profile mocking a peer on a social networking site?
- How can you prevent yourself from being cyberbullied?
- Talk about the possible effects and consequences of cyberbullying.
- Focus on prevention methods they may not have been considered, such as not posting personal information or provocative photos that someone could use against your child, and not sharing passwords with friends.
- Tippett, Thompson & Smith. Research on Cyberbullying: Key Findings and Practical Suggestions
- Netsmartz.. What to do When Your Child Is the Victim of Cyberbullying.
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