With few teens actually talking to their parents about incidents of cyberbullying involving them or occurring at their school, it’s hard to know.
What can you do as a parent?
- Initiate a dialogue with your children about the internet: how to browse the internet safely, what the risks are and ask them about cyber bullying.
- Set rules for safe internet usage and track which websites they’re on. Use BullGuard’s parental controls included in its internet security suite to keep an eye on them, block their access to inappropriate sites and content and enforce your rule
- Cyberbullying is typically ongoing, so be sure to check in on your children on a regular basis.
- Work with your children’s school to understand what they are doing to prevent cyberbullying. It might be argued that there’s a fine line between a student’s free speech and cyberbullying, and schools often run into such issues. However, they are also often perceived to be overstepping their authority when it comes to these matters, so they need your help.
- Be supportive, you need to be a resource for your children, should they be the victim of a cyberbully attack, make sure they know you’re on their side.
One of the most effective methods against cyberbullying is to block the bully. BullGuard’s internet security suite can help you with that. Purchase BullGuard Internet Security 2013 today, and block cyberbullies from reaching your children.
What’s your best defense against cyberbullies? Feel free to leave a comment below.