Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children

PACER Center, Inc.,
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Year Published: 2013
Number of Pages: 
PACER Center, Inc.

Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, hurt, embarrass, humiliate, or intimidate another person. Students who use technology to bully, just like those who bully face-to-face, often look for targets who are vulnerable, socially isolated, or may not understand social norms. Because cyberbullying can be done anonymously, it is easy for one child to hurt another and not be held accountable or see the impact of his or her actions. Also, its effects can be more damaging because the technology reaches a wider audience than just the person who is targeted. In this issue brief, the authors present a three-step plan to address cyberbullying with your child. They offer tips to help parents have the “cyberbullying” conversation, set cyber safety rules, and know what their children are doing online. They also present statistics on cyberbullying and technology use among teens, and provide a list of resources for more information about handling bullying.

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