Online bullying – like bullying in the playground, street or home – can cause child misery. Your child should always tell you if and when this is happening to them. They must also be made aware that it’s wrong to text, write or post anything that deliberately offends, hurts or otherwise harms anyone else in any way, including someone they don’t like – or don’t know. Make them aware of how they would feel if they were on the other end of such behaviour.

If on a computer, keep a record of the bullying message by using the ‘Print Screen’ key on your keyboard. If on a mobile device, use the camera.

Also … make sure your child know they must guard their computer and mobile device with password or PINs so that even the most casual text message or email cannot be copied or hijacked and used to bully someone else in their name.

More information

There is also an excellent article on preventing different kinds of bullying (not just online) at 

Please also see this article on teenage body image and self-esteem.



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