- Be supportive. Don’t assume your child provoked the bullying and don't criticize. Tell him or her that bullying is NOT their fault, that they don't deserve it, and that you are glad they told you about it.
- Check your emotions. A parent’s protective instincts stir strong emotions. Keep your cool.
- Contact your child’s teacher or principal. Get a copy of their anti-bullying policy, tell your child’s story and ask for help.
- Never tell your child to ignore the bullying. If they feel safe and comfortable, encourage them to tell the bully that it is mean and needs to stop.
- Ask your child what he or she thinks can be done to help and offer assurance that you’ll think about it
- Do not encourage fighting or bullying back. This can lead to more violence.
- Expect the bullying to stop. If your child and/or school officials can't resolve it, contact your county's superintendent or the US Dept. of Education.
- Monitor online, text and app use. Learn about the sites your child likes. Try out the devices they use. Establish rules about what they are permitted to do when they’re online.
- Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied.
- Teach your child to safeguard passwords and other private information from prying eyes. Also, log off when they walk away from the computer or their phone.
- Set up privacy controls. Restrict access of their online profile to trusted friends only.
- Pause before you post. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others.
- Teach them not to be a cyberbully. By treating others badly online, they are reinforcing that the behavior is acceptable.
- Ask your child's school if they have developed a technology policy.