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What should I do if a cyberbully continues to threaten my child?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
For bullying situations that occur or continue to occur at school, set up a meeting with your child's school counselor, administrator, or teacher for both you and your child. Let your child lead the meeting and only step in when necessary. Your goal is to get the bullying to stop, not to worry about what the school is going to do to punish the bully. Put together an action plan and "next steps" should the bullying continue. Be sure to insist on confidentiality for your child, otherwise your meeting will backfire and add fuel to the fire.

If your child is being physically threatened online, in texts, or in person, strongly consider contacting your local police department. I know you're probably shaking your head at this one, but you've got to take physical threats and stalking situations that occur via social media as serious as those that occur in person. The police certainly do, so why shouldn't you? Print all posts, pictures and information that are relative to your child's assaults and save as evidence. A child is never going to volunteer to go to the police, no matter how desperate they feel. This is when an adult needs to take control and get help immediately.

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