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  1. Cyberbullying Parent Guide On
  2. What is cyberbullying? ”Cyberbullying is willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices” (Hinduja & Patchin, 2014). Initially, cyberbullying took place in chatrooms. But with social media increasing, we see it on different social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat) and video sharing platforms (YouTube). Cyberbullying is also taking place through phone calls and texting. We have also recently seen an increase in cyberbullying on gaming devices. Cyberbullying is also increasing due to it being ”embraced” as an online activity.
  3. How many? About 37% of young people between the ages of 12 to 17.(blue) Reoccurrence About 30% of those people who have reported being cyberbullied have been cyberbullied more then once in their life. (blue) Girls vs. boys Girls are more likely to be victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying then boys.(blue) Middle and high school One in five middle and high schoolers experience cyberbullying (green) Cyberbullying Statistics
  4. LOW SELF-ESTEEM Depressed Family problems Academic Difficulties Thoughts of suicide Delinquent behaviors Signs of cyberbullying Hinduja & Patchin, 2014
  5. Signs your child may be being cyberbullied… ● Unexpectedly stop using their device(s) ● Appear nervous or jumpy when using device(s) ● Appear uneasy about being in school or outside ● Becoming abnormally withdrawn ● Appears angry, depressed, or frustrated after texting, chatting, using social media or gaming devices (Hinduja & Patchin, 2015)
  6. Signs your child may be being cyberbullying.. ● Quickly switches screens or hides their device ● Avoids discussion about what they are doing online ● Seems to be using multiple online accounts, or an account that is not their own (Hinduja & Patchin, 2015)
  7. If your child is being cyberbullied As a parent, you need to provide your child with a safe and secure environment. Parents should not be dismissive about their child’s feelings and perspective (Hinduja & Patchin, 2014). Parents can also address the issues with the parents of the child who is cyberbullying, the school counselor/administration or local law enforcement.
  8. If your child is cyberbullying… Communicate how that behavior inflicts harm and causes pain in the real world and cyberspace. Parents should ensure that their child understands that his/her actions have ramifications (Hinduja & Patchin, 2014).
  9. 5 WAYS TO HELP PREVENT CYBERBULLYING Computers in common areas Use social media yourself Talk with your child regularly Build trust Don’t over/under react
  10. More prevention tips • Monitoring your child’s online use • As you give your child more freedom in the online world, it is important to keep a line of communication open • Reinforce positive morals and values
  11. HOW CAN YOU HELP? NOTICE Signs and symptoms in your child REPORT When necessary, discuss the issues with local authority, school administration or parents SUPPORT Ensure your child knows you are there for them. TALK Talk with your child and build a line of communication
  12. Resources for parents • Cyberbullying Warning Signs: Red Flags that a child is involved in Cyberbullying by Sameer Hindujua and Justin W. Patchin • Cyberbullying: Identification, Prevention and Response by Sameer Hindajua and Justin W. Patchin • Website:
  13. RESOURCES Editors, P. (2019, August 14). How to stop cyberbullying: 18 tips for parents and kids. Parents. Retrieved April 1, 2023, from Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Cyberbullying Warning Signs . Cyberbullying Research Center. Hindjua, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2014). Cyberbullying: Identification, Prevention, & Response. Cyberbullying Research Center, 2–9. 11 facts about cyberbullying. (n.d.). Retrieved April 1, 2023, from
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