Is your child being cyberbullied?

Cyberbullying refers to the act of threatening, intimidating, harassing or causing embarrassment to someone on the internet. In Brunei, it’s common for people to express anger or frustration through social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If these online posts are directed at a specific person, it could lead to cyberbullying. Most cyberbullies are motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Some do it for their own entertainment or to get a reaction. 

 

Talk to your child about cyberbullying 

  • Remind your child to be careful what photos and personal information they post online. Anything they post might be seen by anyone in the world. 
  • Teach your child not to react if they see someone posting a negative comment about another person. By clicking “Like” on a negative post, they’re supporting the bully’s behaviour. 
  • Tell your child that the people the y meet online could be lying about who they are or what they look like. 

 

If your child is being cyberbullied 

  • Don’t react to the bully - it might only motivate them more. 
  • Ask your child not to reply to any messages from a bully. 
  • If the bullying is done on a social network, you could “block” or “unfriend” them. 
  • If the bullying is done by phone, you could change your child’s phone number. 
  • Don’t delete messages from a bully. They can serve as evidence when you lodge a report about the bullying. 
  • Report the bullying. Many social networking sites allow users to report cyberbullying. 

 

Download the Parent’s Guide to Online Safety