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The world we live in today is much different than it used to be. Our social lives have moved online in a lot of ways. So has bullying.
Cyberbullying is a threat to our children’s mental and physical health. About 34 percent of teens admit to being victims of cyberbullying.
Cyberbullies use the internet, cell phones, video game systems, or other technology to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. They do this by threatening, excluding, spreading rumors or tricking their victims.
You can help your teen take steps to prevent cyberbullying before it starts. Also, be on the lookout for warning signs that your teen is being cyberbullied.
What do you do if a cyberbully has already invaded the comfort and safety of your home? If your teen is the target of cyberbullying, you can help with these tips:
Bullying of any kind has got to stop. Our kids have the right to feel physically and emotionally safe at school and at home.
Make sure your teen knows not to join in if he/she sees someone being bullied online. Stand up and tell others to stop cyberbullying. Get an adult involved. Be a friend to the person being bullied. Drown out the bully’s hurtful words with supportive, encouraging ones.
Is your child a victim of cyberbullying? Explore behavioral health resources, including counseling and programs for adolescents.
Cyberbullying: Know the signs and how to keep your teen cyber-safe
How to not raise a bully
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