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Is your child being cyberbullied?

Bullying: Words Can Kill
Bullying: Words Can Kill 43:18

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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