- What kids wish parents knew about cyberbullying
What kids wish parents knew about cyberbullying
1. They need you to understand how social media and cyberbullying work
Sometimes parents and trusted adults don't understand how cyberbullying is different from in-person bullying because they're unfamiliar with the apps and platforms on which it happens.
"I have a good relationship with my mum. Even though she might be upset that I didn't tell her earlier I know they still love me and want to help."
5. They don’t want to upset you with the details
Some kids feel the need need to protect loved ones from distress, feel that it's their responsibility to face it alone, or worry that others will be disappointed in them for being cyberbullied or not handling it themselves.
6. They don’t want to feel out of control of the situation
Whether they want someone to intervene and help, or want the exact opposite, kids need to feel as though their wishes will be respected and they will retain some control of what happens next.
What can you do?
- Build closeness, communication and trust with your kids
- Learn all about social media, online safety and cyberbullying
- Listen without reacting, and believe kids if they disclose something that has been happening
- Don’t act without establishing what the young person wants to happen
- If you know a child who needs help, encourage them to give Kids Helpline a call, start a WebChat or send an email
What can you say?
- It’s NOT your fault
- You’re not alone
- There is help available
- It’s not weak to get help
- There are things you can do
- You can get through this