Is your child being cyberbullied?

Helpful advice for parents from Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center

What can parents do if their child is being bullied? Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, and author of "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard," offers advice.

Tips to help if your child is a bully or a cyberbully's target

  • Know your child's passwords
  • Be on your child's preferred social network(s), like Facebook or Twitter, and be sure to "friend" them
  • Inform your school
  • Contact your internet service provider or content provider
  • Contact the police when physical threats are involved
  • Consider installing software tools that can help you monitor your child's internet use
  • Collect evidence and keep records of the bullying and/or cyberbullying
  • Check your school policy and know your state's laws in regards to bullying and cyberbullying

State laws on bullying and cyberbullying:

For more advice and tips on cyberbullying:

Cyberbullying 101 podcast

  • CNET technology blogger Larry Magid separates cyberbullying fact from fiction with help from Justin Patchin. Listen now

"Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard" excerpts

Special section | Bullying: Words Can Kill

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