Release Date: 19-May-2014
Bullying happens in all aspects of life from school, to work, to closer to home. But being online means it can be harder to ignore.
Online (or cyber) bullying - like bullying in the playground, street or home - can cause children misery.
Stop cyber bullying
There is lots that you - and your children - can do to stay safe in the first place and to get abusive material removed quickly when you see it.
The links on the right of this page have useful information about all kinds of bullying, including online bullying, how to deal with it and what to do if you're worried about someone or aren't sure what to do.
Above all, encourage your children to talk to you or another trusted adult if this is happening to them.
Children 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.
Also ... make sure your child knows 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.