On this Episode of the Digital Parent Podcast we discuss strategies on how to capture a cyberbully. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month so we wanted to provide some tips for parents .
Here are our Top 4 Strategies to deal with Cyberbullies:
1.Talk to your Child
Some insults online may not mean much to us as adults but could be incredibly painful to kids. Ask kids every day about their school day. Ask them what apps they are using. Google the app to see if bullying is taking place. If so then have a discussion with your child to determine if they know someone that has been bullied.
2. Capture the bully
You want to save all screenshots of the harassment and upload to a cloud storage system such as google drive or dropbox. This way if the bully takes your phone you still have the evidence safely secured. You can use monitoring software such as mSpy that will collect all images, text, app screenshots, etc to a dashboard that you can later download. This information will be uploaded automatically leaving you with no work at all
a. Report the information to the app that is being used to bully (Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
b. Report the information to phone carrier
c. Report to an attorney if it is hate speech or sexual in nature
d. Don’t have your child report information to the school. You need to report it due to some school having zero tolerance policies. School are there to protect their interest and may withhold your child’s phone or have evidence erased or destroyed.
3. Block the Cyberbully
The most powerful weapon against any type of cyberbully is to block and ignore them. Cyberbullies feed off of attention from others. If you refuse to engage in communication then the behavior will stop.
a. Delte Your Social Media Accounts- Change your profile picture to an object, movie , character, etc. Only refollow your closest friend you can trust. If the bullying continues then you know that someone in your inner circle is the leak.
b. Delete Email accounts
b. shun the bulling in public- Do not talk to the bully or even walk in his or her direction.
4. Seek Help
Bullying can lead to serious heath effects such as depression. Your child may need to develop some coping mechanisms to prevent cyberbullying. Please contact professionals in your area ASAP.
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