What should you do if your kid is bullied online?

Oct 2, 2015 at 2:17 p.m. ET
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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Do you know how to recognize and prevent cyberbullying?

Finding out that your kid has been cyberbullied is emotional for parents. You or your child might want to retaliate, but it's best to help your kid defuse the situation, protect himself and make rational efforts to put a stop to the bullying. Here are the immediate steps we recommend for parents:

  • Reassure your child you love and support him or her.
  • Help your child step away from the computer or device and take a break.
  • If you can identify the bully, consider talking with the parents.
  • Consider contacting your child's school. If bullying is happening online, it might be happening offline, too.
  • Empower your child with specific steps he or she can take.

Find age-specific guidelines, videos and articles to help with tough conversations at Common Sense Media's cyberbullying content hub.

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