5 Top Tips for supporting children age 7-11 with cyberbullying.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 coming to you about online worries again. We have been told by pupils that the main reason they wouldn’t speak to their parents about cyberbullying is because they were worried their technology would be taken away from them.
  3. Use the tools available. Report, block and take a screenshot. 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.
  4. 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 things have spiralled out of control and 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.
  5. 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. Consider contacting their form tutor, Head of Year, or a pastoral lead.

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:

  1. Is everyone kind on the internet?
  2. What makes a good friend online?
  3. Do you think there is a difference between physical face-to-face bullying and online bullying?
  4. Have you ever reported anyone online?
  5. What would you do if you or your friend was being cyberbullied?
  6. What can you do if someone online is unkind to you?
  7. I want you to know you can always come to me about anything that happens online. Who else could you tell?