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CYBERBULLYING

Its enough to set any parents heart racing. An urgent call from the school
to __________ your child has been involved in cyberbullying. You want to
know the name of the child who has __________ to say anything
_________ (HURT) about your son or daughter. Then horror as you
discover your child is the bully.
Its an excruciating scenario, and _________ that could make you feel you
have ___________ as a parent. Yet with an increasing number of
cyberbullying victims, there must be a growing number of culprits. There
are steps that parents can __________ to help tackle cyberbullying by
understanding the online worlds they inhabit and the technology they use.
Could my child be a cyberbully?
Children may be able to weave their way round apps and social media at
Formula One speeds, yet not be __________ enough to understand the
consequences and implications of the content they post and share. Two
thirds of secondary school pupils agreed it was __________ to say
something hurtful online than face to face.
No one likes the idea of their child as a cyberbully or a ___________
(STAND) to bullying. There is a possibility your child has bullied, or been
a witness _______ it, without fully understanding how it has affected the
victim.
Why is this an important time of year?
Online ____________ for the term cyberbullying spike at this time of the
year, when children are _________ at school. The number of people who
contact me for advice ________ the issue also peaks at this time. Many
children will have started the term with their first smartphone, giving them
digital independence and opening up the world of social media. Kids today
network with a wider circle of friends that a child growing up in the 1980s
could only have dreamed of.
How does cyberbullying compare with bullying face to face?
Bullying has changed. No longer __________ it stop at the school gates.
Comments online __________ around, they breed and they have an
___________ (AUDIO). ___________, bullies could only get to you
between the hours of 9am and 3pm, but cyberbullying has the

___________ (POTENT) to affect someone day and night and it offers a


degree of anonymity to the perpetrator. By setting up a __________ alias
that bears no resemblance to your name, the cyberbully is free to say and
do as he or she chooses.
What should I say to my child if I find out they are bullying someone
online?
Weve all done things we ___________, its not so black and white to
children. The important thing is that your child talks to someone if theyve
messed __________. Try not to__________ (ACT) work out together
how to remove inflammatory or offensive content and make amends with
the people involved. Some children like to express their feelings in
different ways if your child finds _________ hard to sit down with you,
let them know they can contact a confidential helpline (such as Childline)
for advice.
What can I do to __________ my child from cyberbullying?
Its vital to ___________ an interest in their digital life and give your
relationship with your child a regular health check. Talk about which apps
and websites they use, and the kind of things they post __________ social
media. Explain how important it is to think before they post and not say
anything online that they wouldnt say face to face.
How do I encourage them to use social media in a ____________ way?
Explain the nuance between sharing what they think __________ be funny,
__________ the potential to _________ offence. Ask them how they would
feel if they were on the receiving end. It is __________ as important to
have manners online as it is __________ the dinner table or the school hall.
What could have turned my child into a cyberbully?
Your child might be hearing or seeing things that affects their behaviour
____________ (CHOOSE) on TV, social media or others at school. This
change in behaviour could include _____________ (PREJUDICE)
attitudes towards fellow pupils, such as racism, attitudes towards
the___________ (ABLE), sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.
Who should I tell if my child has bullied someone online?

Talk to family and friends some may have had a ___________


experience. Dont be __________ to talk to their teacher to send clear
messages to your child about the impact it could have on them and children
they are targeting.

CYBERBULLYING
Its enough to set any parents heart racing. An urgent call from the school
to say your child has been involved in cyberbullying. You want to know the
name of the child who has dared to say anything hurtful about your son or
daughter. Then horror as you discover your child is the bully.
Its an excruciating scenario, and one that could make you feel you have
failed as a parent. Yet with an increasing number of cyberbullying victims,
there must be a growing number of culprits. There are steps that parents can
take to help tackle cyberbullying by understanding the online worlds they
inhabit and the technology they use.
Could my child be a cyberbully?
Children may be able to weave their way round apps and social media at
Formula One speeds, yet not be mature enough to understand the
consequences and implications of the content they post and share. Two
thirds of secondary school pupils agreed it was easier to say something
hurtful online than face to face.
No one likes the idea of their child as a cyberbully or a bystander to
bullying. There is a possibility your child has bullied, or been a witness to
it, without fully understanding how it has affected the victim.
Why is this an important time of year?
Online searches for the term cyberbullying spike at this time of the year,
when children are back at school. The number of people who contact me
for advice on the issue also peaks at this time. Many children will have
started the term with their first smartphone, giving them digital
independence and opening up the world of social media. Kids today
network with a wider circle of friends that a child growing up in the 1980s
could only have dreamed of.
How does cyberbullying compare with bullying face to face?
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Bullying has changed. No longer does it stop at the school gates.
Comments online stick around, they breed and they have an audience.
Before, bullies could only get to you between the hours of 9am and 3pm,
but cyberbullying has the potential to affect someone day and night and it

offers a degree of anonymity to the perpetrator. By setting up a fake alias


that bears no resemblance to your name, the cyberbully is free to say and
do as he or she chooses.
What should I say to my child if I find out they are bullying someone
online?
Weve all done things we regret, its not so black and white to children. The
important thing is that your child talks to someone if theyve messed up.
Try not to get angry or overreact work out together how to remove
inflammatory or offensive content and make amends with the people
involved. Some children like to express their feelings in different ways if
your child finds it hard to sit down with you, let them know they can
contact a confidential helpline (such as Childline) for advice.
What can I do to prevent my child from cyberbullying?
Its vital to show an interest in their digital life and give your relationship
with your child a regular health check. Talk about which apps and websites
they use, and the kind of things they post on social media. Explain how
important it is to think before they post and not say anything online that
they wouldnt say face to face.
How do I encourage them to use social media in a positive way?
Explain the nuance between sharing what they think might be funny, versus
the potential to cause offence. Ask them how they would feel if they were
on the receiving end. It is just as important to have manners online as it is
at the dinner table or the school hall.
What could have turned my child in to a cyberbully?
Your child might be hearing or seeing things that affects their behaviour
choices on TV, social media or others at school. This change in behaviour
could include prejudicial attitudes towards fellow pupils, such as racism,
attitudes towards disability, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.
Who should I tell if my child has bullied someone online?
Talk to family and friends some may have had a similar experience.
Dont be afraid to talk to their teacher to send clear messages to your child
about the impact it could have on them and children they are targeting.