Cyber-bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell mobiles, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including  text messages, chat, and websites. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, mean chat whilst on-line gaming and rumors sent by email or posted in forums.

Parents/carers and children, together, can prevent cyber-bullying by exploring safe ways to use technology.

Be Aware of What Your Children are Doing Online

  • Know the sites your children visit and their online activities. Ask where they’re going, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with.
  • Tell your children that as a responsible parent/carer you may review their online communications if you think there is reason for concern. Installing parental control filtering software or monitoring programs are one option for monitoring your child’s online behavior, but do not rely solely on these tools.
  • Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use.
  • Ask for their passwords, but tell them you’ll only use them in case of emergency.
  • Encourage your children to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyber-bullied. Explain that you will not take away their computers or mobiles if they confide in you about a problem they are having.

Establish Rules about Technology Use

  • Establish rules about appropriate use of computers, mobiles, and other technology. For example, be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when they’re online. Show them how to be safe online.
  • Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others. Once something is posted, it is out of their control whether someone else will forward it.
  • Encourage children to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online. Should complete strangers see it? Real friends only? Friends of friends? Think about how people who aren’t friends could use it.
  • Tell children to keep their passwords safe and not share them with friends. Sharing passwords can compromise their control over their online identities and activities.


11th February 2017
Category: Whole School