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Things parents can and cannot do if their kid is a cyberbullying victim

Things parents can and cannot do if their kid is a cyberbullying victim Things parents should do if their child is being bullied online (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

According to Unicef Ukraine, hundreds of children fall victim to cyberbullying on a daily basis. Most often, the bullies are their peers. If parents notice that their child is suffering from online harassment, immediate action is necessary to put an end to this abuse.

What should parents do if their child is being bullied online?

"All parents want the best for their child and believe they are always acting in the child's best interests. However, not all words and actions of adults support and help resolve the issue, especially when it comes to a child's online life," experts say.

Below are advice on what can and cannot be done in the case of a child being bullied online.

Tell your child about online threats

It is important to discuss with your child the threats they may encounter in the online world. At the same time, it's not advisable to prohibit the use of smartphones or the internet.

Respect your child's privacy

Show your child that you respect their privacy and help set the right settings on social media together. There's no need to take their phone away or check who they are communicating with.

Earn your child's trust

Your child should know that if something troubling happens, they can turn to you for help or advice. Let them know that if something is bothering them, you are there to talk. It's not advisable to dismiss their concerns as trivial or unimportant.

Support your child

Show your child that you will support them even in the worst-case scenario. Assure them that nothing terrible can happen when you are by their side. There's no need to scold them for being careless or making mistakes.

If you realize that your child is falling victim to online bullying, it's also advisable to seek counseling and psychological support.