Tips for Parenting Kids About Cyberbullying

Teens fall for cyberbullying. Know what it is and how can parents help their kids avoid cyberbullying. After all, it is the responsibility of the parents.
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Bullying has always existed. Its online counterpart is cyberbullying, which is more pervasive and dangerous. The victims of cyberbullying are primarily children and teens. Parents can help their children a lot to effectively deal with the menace of cyberbullying. Here are some practical tips for parents to tell and teach their children about cyberbullying. ~ Ed.

Tips for Parenting Kids About Cyberbullying

With the advancements and expansion in the field of the Internet comes a greater need to act responsibly and protect yourself. Though this applies to anybody, children and teens are most vulnerable in the deep, open, and wide world of the Internet. Undoubtedly, it becomes the responsibility of the parents to prepare their children to deal with all kinds of online experiences and equip them with practical tips to be safe from cyberbullying.

One of the worst online experiences faced by teens is cyberbullying. To give you an idea of the impact of this menacing evil, it has led to instances of teenagers taking their own lives under the pressure of cyberbullying.

Cases of cyberbullying incredibility shot up with the advent of social media. Though cyberbullying existed before social media, the latter has brought up exponential growth in cases of cyberbullying. For perspective, about 54% of kids and teens experience bullying online. The majority of cyberbullying happens on social media platforms.

Let’s understand what cyberbullying is and how parents can help their kids avoid it.

What is Cyberbullying?

Simply put, cyberbullying is bullying that happens online using digital mediums like social media. It can take place on any digital device like a computer, laptop, cell phone, or tablet in the form of images, posts, SMS, text, etc. It aims at harassing, shaming, or threatening a person by spreading lies, sending hurtful messages, posting embarrassing pictures or videos, etc.

Upon being attacked or targeted during cyberbullying, a person may feel mentally upset, emotionally abused, and even experience uncomfortable physical symptoms like sleep loss, headaches, etc. Cyberbullying can take a toll on a person’s mental health.

If children and teens encounter cyberbullying, parents can play an important role in preventing any mishappening and ensuring their kids are not negatively affected. As the adage goes, “prevention is better than cure,” here are some tips for parents to prevent their kids from being victims of cyberbullying.

Things as a Parent to Tell Your Kids About Online Behavior

As a parent, if you want your teens to wisely tackle cyberbullying or avoid being a part of it anyway, you’ve to teach them the basics of online behavior. That includes what should be done and what should not be done, as mentioned below.

Become Role Models

Inform your children that every person who ventures online should be a responsible digital citizen. They should act and behave responsibly as required by the said or unsaid laws of the Internet. While the Internet may seem like an appropriate opportunity to go wild by the power of being anonymous, it is more rewarding to become a gentle person and be a role model for others.

Recognize What’s Right and Wrong

The quote from the Bible, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is totally apt for online behavior. As a parent, you need to instill this golden rule in your kids – you should not do or say things to others while being online that you would not want others to do to you. This includes cyberbullying, shaming, threatening, making fun of, ridiculing, or other behaviors that would make you feel bad if it were done to you. 

Develop Empathy

Teach your kids to be good to others. As in real offline life, one must be kind and considerate in online behavior. Never say, do, or share anything that may hurt others. Your kindness will foster cooperativeness and peace in the online world.

Do Not Respond

As a parent, you must let your children know they should avoid interacting with people who send disturbing, distressful, and hateful content. Such people often get kicks or motivation by the response they elicit from their bad behavior. Kids should resist the urge to respond and not fall into their trap; it’s best to ignore or walk away from such online contacts and incidences.

Avoid Offline Meetings with Online Friends

Tell kids that while the prospects of meeting your online contacts in real life may seem exciting and worth adventuring, they should not entertain such thoughts. As these could lead to misadventures or opportunities for cyberbullying, and they might hurt themselves in the process.

Save the Evidence

Unlike face-to-face offline bullying, cyberbullying leaves a digital footprint. Educate your kids that they can record the evidence and use it to stop cyberbullying. The evidence can be in the form of text messages or screenshots of the post on social media.

Protect Yourself and Your Accounts

This parenting advice is worth gold – Do not share anything online that can be used against you. Think twice whenever you post or share anything on social media. As a rule of thumb, never share your personal details, including the name of your school or any identification that reveals your identity or the place where you live or study. Learn more about the privacy settings on social media and use them to your benefit.

Use Digital Tools

Encourage your kids to use tools like blocking or muting on all social media platforms to stop any user from connecting with them and restrict unwanted people from commenting on or viewing their posts. Most social media also have options to report cyberbullying. This may even lead to temporarily blocking the account used for cyberbullying.

Reach Out for Help

As a parent, tell your kids not to hesitate to report if they’re bullied. Assure them that they can trust you on this, and you’ll be all out there to help them. Tell your kids to confide in their school counselor or their favorite teacher if need be. For sure, they should share their problem with a trusted adult. Educate your children that certain online offenses are unlawful. If reported, the police can get involved, and the bullies may be liable for punishments.


It is the responsibility of the parents to help their children understand the proper online behavior and stop cyberbullying. Parents need to instill the values of decency, empathy, and kindness in the kids for exemplary online behavior.

With complete information and knowledge of the do’s and don’ts of online behavior, children and teens are more likely to recognize and stay out of cyberbullying episodes. A favorable rapport with the parents would also help them to be able to deal with cyberbullying effectively.

Not only protecting themselves, but you should also teach your kids to help fellow friends to ward off cyberbullying. If they notice such demeaning behavior online, it is best to report it to the authorities. This act would allow the Internet to become a better place for all. If this is not possible, victims of cyberbullying should be supported. Your actions or words will make a big difference to them.

Over to you –

Have you ever been a victim of cyberbullying? As parents, how did you prepare your child to face and deal with cyberbullying? Share your experiences and tips in the comments below.

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  1. Excellent article! You have tackled a critical issue that needs utmost attention in today’s digital age – cyberbullying. The fact that cyberbullying has led to tragic consequences for teenagers underscores the urgency of addressing this problem.

    You have effectively highlighted the correlation between the rise of social media and the exponential increase in cyberbullying cases. It’s alarming to learn that over half of kids and teens experience online bullying, with social media platforms being the primary battleground.

    Your clear definition of cyberbullying and its various forms helps readers understand the gravity of the issue. Furthermore, you emphasize the emotional and mental toll it takes on victims, shedding light on the profound impact this type of harassment can have.

    I appreciate the focus on parents’ role in preventing cyberbullying and ensuring their children are not negatively affected. Your tips for parents to educate their kids about online behavior are spot on. By becoming role models, recognizing what’s right and wrong, and developing empathy, parents can instill a strong sense of responsible digital citizenship in their children.

    The advice to avoid responding to disturbing or hateful content and not engaging with online contacts in offline meetings is crucial. Encouraging children to save evidence of cyberbullying incidents can empower them to take action and seek support. Additionally, your reminder to protect personal information and utilize privacy settings is invaluable in safeguarding against potential harm.

    Overall, your article provides essential guidance to parents and offers practical steps to prevent cyberbullying. Thank you for addressing this critical issue and raising awareness about the importance of online safety. Well done!

  2. hello,
    this note is very important to our society and environment we should aware of this cyberbullying.
    Assure them that they can trust you on this, and you’ll be all out there to help them. Tell your kids to confide in their school counselor or their favorite teacher if need be. For sure, they should share their problem with a trusted adult.

  3. It is so important to let your kids know how bad cyberbullying is. Thanks for the great articles!

  4. Acknowledging the kids about cyberbullying is extremely important, especially in the world today. I never knew cyberbullying when I was a kid but since it has been getting more serious, everyone, especially kids, should know about it.

  5. cyberbullying is becoming more popular nowadays. Children have to face these problems commonly but they fared to tell anyone about it. As parents, we need to teach our kids the protocols and ways to handle this situation. For this to happen, we need to build a friendly communication relationship between parents and kids.

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