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How should I comfort and support my child if he is being cyberbullied?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
If you find your teen is being harassed, threatened, made fun of, or cyberbullied (when a minor uses technology as a weapon to intentionally threaten or hurt another minor), offer support and comfort no matter how upset you are. Children are often reluctant to tell their parents or their friends that they are the victim of cyberbullying because they feel embarrassed it's happening to them, or they worry that their parents will further embarrass them by going to school administration, to the parents of the bully, or to the authorities.

Children are scared that if the bully finds out that they told someone about being cyber attacked, their situation will only get worse. If your child does come to you for help, be sure to thank them for having the courage to confide in you about what's happening to them.

Remind them that they aren't alone, and that you're there for support. Emphasize that it's the bully who is behaving badly -- not them. Reassure them that you will work together to figure out what to do about this difficult situation, and that you won't discuss the problem with outside sources or the assailant's parents unless your child agrees.

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