Family Lives responds to Bromley pupils attempts to tackle cyberbullying

“It is encouraging that local pupils are engaging with The Bromley Community Engagement Forum to tackle Cyber Bullying.  Cyber Bullying is a real concern to families and parents and bullied children often find the situation traumatic and difficult to manage.  Cyber bullying platforms ensure that children who are bullied have no respite as online abuse permeates the school and home environment.   Bullying in schools also is a real concern to families and parents of bullied children often find the situation traumatic and difficult to manage.  Some families may find it difficult to report cyber bullying to the school concerned and parents should contact Family Lives’ free 24/7 Helpline on 0808 800 2222, or visit www.bullyinguk.co.uk if they need support.“  Read the full report here.

Jeremy Todd, Family Lives Chief Executive

 

 

Family Lives’ Advice to Parents

Familiarise yourself with how computer and mobile technology works. For example, you could spend time with your children looking at the mobile functions, how to block unwanted emails, etc… and you could increase this knowledge as your child grows older.

Encourage your child to talk about how they use their mobile phone or internet. If they seem distressed after a phone call or time spent on the internet, try and find out why.

Discuss the topic of prank or malicious calls, messages and emails and what to do if this happens. They can report it to you, as a parent, or a teacher if this happens at school or if it concerns someone they know at school.

Keep the computer in a room used by all the family and monitor how much time your child spends on the computer.

Discuss what to do if they receive malicious emails, text messages or videos about someone else. Discuss how they may feel if they were the person being ridiculed or humiliated.