5 Top Tips for supporting children age 3-7 with cyberbullying.
- Encourage your child to save the evidence and show you. They can do this by taking a screenshot of what has happened or by keeping the messages they have received. You can easily capture a screenshot on most smartphones and tablets by holding down several buttons on the device at the same time, (e.g. the home button and the power button). By doing this they will have proof when they report the cyberbullying and it helps you understand exactly what has happened.
- Don’t deny access to technology. Although it can be very tempting to remove a device from a child if they are being bullied online, it may prevent your child from speaking to you about cyberbullying in the future if they are worried their device is going to be removed.
- Use the tools available. Report, block and take a screen shot. You can report a person or profile, as well as content e.g. a post, video or comment. This will then be flagged to the service who will review it against their terms and conditions. Have a look on our, ‘How to make a report’ page for further guidance. You can also visit our primary page, ‘What does the report button do?’ with your child and talk it though together in a child friendly way.
- Don’t reply. Most of the time a bully is looking for a reaction when they are being mean online. Tell your child not to reply. Instead they should tell a trusted adult what has happened. Reassure your child that even if they are also at fault, they should come and talk to you or a trusted adult. You can then work out the best way to resolve the situation together.
- Speak to the school. It is always worth having a conversation with your child’s school about their experience of cyberbullying. Schools can offer support and advice to you and your child.
Conversation starter ideas:
A simple and effective way to support your child with cyberbullying is by having a discussion. Some of the following conversation starters may be useful:
- Is everyone kind on the internet?
- What makes a good friend online?
- What do you think cyberbullying means? Can you think of any examples?
- What would you do if you or your friend was being cyberbullied?
- What can you do if someone online was unkind to you?
- I want you to know you can always come to me. Who else could you tell?