- Don't respond.
- Engaging with a bully only fuels the fire. Plus, any response could be circulated immediately.
- Identify the cyberbully.
- Sign off and block the bully.
- Get offline
- Use your instant messenger's blocking features.
- On cell phones, only answer known numbers.
- Contact the cyberbully's parents.
- Contact your school.
- Change personal contact information.
- If someone is pretending to be your kids, have them change their passwords. If someone creates false profiles, contact the company that hosts the site and report the cyberbullying.
- Save all bullying emails.
- Send them to your internet service provider.
- If bullying continues or escalates:
- File a complaint with the police.
- Contact an attorney.
- Don't assume your kids will talk to you about being bullied.
- Often they feel guilty, ashamed, or that it's too painful to bring up. (Or, they may not want to admit to the fact that they've been somewhere forbidden online.)
- Make sure your kids know you won't judge them, you just want them to be safe.