Cyber Bullying Resources
Protecting Your Children from Cyber Bullying:
Limit where your children post personal information - Be careful who can access contact information or details about your children's interests, habits or employment to reduce their exposure to bullies that they do not know. This may limit their risk of becoming a victim and may make it easier to identify the bully if they are victimized.
Avoid escalating the situation - Responding with hostility is likely to provoke a bully. Depending on the circumstances, consider ignoring the issue. Often, bullies thrive on the reaction of their victims. If you or your child receive unwanted email messages, consider changing your email address. The problem may stop. If you continue to get messages at the new account, you may have a strong case for legal action.
Document cyber bullying - Keep a record of any online activity (emails, Web pages, instant messages, etc.), including relevant dates and times. Keep both an electronic version and a printed copy.
Report cyber bullying to the appropriate authorities - If you or your child are being harassed or threatened, report the activity to the local authorities. Your local police department or FBI branch are good starting points. There is a distinction between free speech and punishable offenses. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors can help sort out legal implications. It may also be appropriate to report it to school officials who may have separate policies for dealing with activity that involves students.
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