What Parents Can Do
- Don’t put a computer in your young child’s bedroom. Keep your computer is a busy area of your home.
- Set up e-mail and chat accounts with your children. Make sure that you know their screen names and passwords and that they don't include any personal information in their online profiles.
- Regularly go over their instant messenger "buddy list" with them. Ask who each person is and how your children know him or her.
- Discuss cyberbullying with your children and ask if they have ever experienced it or seen it happen to someone.
- Tell your children that you won't blame them if they are cyberbullied. Emphasize that you won't take away their computer or cell phone privileges - this is the main reason kids don't tell adults when they are cyberbullied.
- Watch out for signs that your child is being bullied online - a reluctance to use the computer or go to school may be an indication.
- Contact your child's school, local police or your Internet Service Provider if the bullying is severe. It's a criminal offence to threaten another person.
Please let us know of any in-appropriate activities that your children talk to you about so we can help guard against it in our school!