Whether your child is a tween or a teen, talk to them about responsible Internet use:
Take action if a child is being bullied online:
We also need to teach kids how to react to an online bully:
Finally, in order to fight cyberbullying effectively we need to make an effort to change the culture in which it happens. Both at school and at home, we can help kids understand that what may seem like "just a joke" may have a powerful effect on someone else. It's also important to teach kids that cyberbullying may be less common than they think it is: youth often overestimate how common bullying actually is, even though most report their own experiences as being positive.  This is significant because research indicates that when youth believe that bullying behaviour is the norm, they are more likely to exhibit and tolerate this sort of behaviour – and that when youth are made aware of how uncommon bullying actually is, bullying rates drop. 
Schools have started to become more proactive about confronting bullying, but too often these efforts fall into stereotypes, emphasize unrealistic worst-case scenarios, and are presented as one-time-only interventions. [Youth participants in MediaSmarts's study Young Canadians in a Wired World repeatedly said that they had experienced anti-cyberbullying programs – usually one-time assemblies – that not only failed to resonate with them but made them take the issue less seriously. They were also often reluctant to report bullying because they felt that teachers were likely to escalate a situation into more than what it was, possibly as a result of teachers being bound by zero-tolerance policies. 
Effective intervention programs, on the other hand, have a number of characteristics in common: they include the whole school; they provide support both for targets and perpetrators after an incident; and they work at multiple levels – in the classroom, school-wide, and in connection with parents and the surrounding community.  By teaching young people to make wise online decisions and to use technology ethically and responsibly; by helping adolescents to think before they act when they are communicating online; and by supporting them in becoming active citizens in creating the online communities we all would like to live in, we can empower youth to speak out and challenge bullying behaviour – wherever it is encountered.
 Tannenbaum, Barbara. “Bullying: How Educators Can Make Schools Safer,” Edutopia, September 19 2010.
 Mishna, Faye, Alan McLuckie, and Michael Saini. Real-World Dangers in an Online Reality: A Qualitative Study Examining Online Relationships and Cyber Abuse, 2009.
 Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites. Pew Research Institute, November 9, 2011.
 Craig, David W. and H. Wesley Perkins, Assessing Bullying in New Jersey Secondary Schools: Applying the Social Norms Model to Adolescent Violence, Presented at the 2008 National Conference on the Social Norms Approach, July 22, 2008. http://www.youthhealthsafety.org/BullyNJweb.pdf
 Steeves, Valerie. Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Talking to Youth and Parents. MediaSmarts, 2012.
 Craig, Wendy. Testimony before the Senate Committee on Human Rights, December 12, 2011.
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