Family members (parents, siblings, grandparents), and close friends play a key role in facilitating the prevention of bullying. They also provide children and other youth with coping skills needed to minimize the severity of a bullying experience.
Bullying can take many forms, such as: violence (hitting or punching) teasing, name calling, intimidation through gestures or facial expressions, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or the internet (cyberbullying).
General advice for parents is to follow these steps:
- Brush up on the modern forms of bullying that your child may be subjected to at school, on the playground and other places in the community.
- Use strategies to try to prevent bullying and help children deal with bullying experiences.
- Go to your local library or search online for useful materials that you can use to assist children in your family, school and community.
Bullying also can happen using computers or cellphones. This type of bullying is called cyberbullying. This can include
- sending mean texts, e-mails or instant messages
- posting inappropriate pictures or messages about others
- using someone else's user name to spread rumors about someone
- telling another person's private secrets without their permission
- pretending to be someone else
- tricking people into revealing personal information
What kind of technology do cyberbullies use?
- Instant messaging
- Texting or digital imaging messages sent on cell phones
- Game consoles
- Social networking sites
- Chat rooms or discussion forums
Did you know...?
89% of middle school students report having been cyberbullied at some point. Girls are more likely than boys to be bullied using technology.
- Cyberbullying can occur at any time.
- Cyberbullying messages and images can be distributed quickly to a large audience.
- Cyberbullies can be anonymous, which makes it difficult to trace until you get the authorities involved.