Tips for parents

Teach your kids empathy. Nothing drives home a point faster than walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.
Help kids understand the line between funny and cruel. Kids’ online communication is often purposely ambiguous or accidentally cruel, both of which can lead to misunderstandings.
Make sure they talk to someone. As kids enter the middle school years, their circle of friends and trusted adults widens.
Help your kid be an upstander, not a bystander. Kids are hesitant to get involved, in case the bully turns their sights on them.
Show your kid how to stop it. Tell kids not to respond or retaliate. Not feeding the bully can stop the cycle. And, if anything does happen, save the evidence.

This is an extract from Common Sense Media

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