While cyberbullying isn't talked about as much as it used to be, it is still an incredibly prominent issue for young people today. According to a 2018 Pew Research study, 59% of American teens have been bullied or harassed online, and more than 90% believe it's a major problem for people their age. Cyberbullying can occur anywhere and anytime that your child has access to the internet via their phone or a laptop.
As a parent, it is important to know the signs that your child might be experiencing cyberbullying. Some evidences include anger, a decrease in self-esteem, depression, anxiety and loss of interest in or fear of attending school and other activities. If you see these signs in your child it is important to stay calm, keep open lines of communication with your child and contact your child's school to report the issue. Be sure not to delete messages and to screenshot posts as evidence. You can also help protect your child from cyberbullying by reviewing technology best practices with them.
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