Don’t Respond, Don’t Retaliate
Tell your kids to never respond or retaliate to their bullies online. Their reaction is what bullies want, it gives them the drive to do what they love to do – continue bullying, some sort of empowerment. Also, getting back to them will only make things worse, and the cycle will go on and on.
Copy and Save the Evidence
Digital bullying will always have its trail, or you can call it evidence. These things can help you when things start to escalate, so teach your kids to save those evidence; make screenshots, etc.
Block the Bully
If the harassment persists, and if you see things are starting to become uncomfortable for your child, then tell him to block the bully. Harassing comments, instant messages, texts, all these things can be distressing for your child. Teach your child to use the privacy tools to block his bully.
Talk To Trusted Adults
Your kids deserve a backup, thus, it is always good to involve some adults to help solve the problem. If you can’t personally be there to deal with your child’s bullies, then tell your kids to open up to his school counselor about the situation. You may also accompany your child with you to the school counselor and file a formal complaint.
Don’t Be a Bully
Teach your child the golden rule “treat others as you would like others to treat you.” It is bad enough to be bullied, you don’t want your child to be responsible of someone’s pain. Rather, teach your child to be friendly and treat people with respect and kindness, as a decent human being would.