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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:09 AM
I found out that recently at school a couple of my DS's 13 year old friends made up a fake profile of my DS on Instagram and copied photos onto it from my DS's current Instagram account. They then put silly comments underneath the photos to make it look like my DS was posting silly photos of himself and saying stupid things - quite humiliating for my DS. When my DS found out about it he asked them for the password so he could delete the fake profile but they wouldn't give it to him. He eventually told us about it and broke down crying - my husband rang one of the parents who was mortified and felt really bad about it. My husband spoke to their son on the phone and hopefully made him realise how wrong it was to do this. This boy has been excluding our son for quite some time now, even before this happened. They have been friends since year 2 (they are now in year 7) but for reasons unknown to DS he doesnt talk to him anymore. My question is - should I report the cyber bullying to the school? I have read up on it and it is considered to be quite a serious issue - especially when you create a fake profile for somebody. Thoughts?
Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:16 AM
Yes - you need to report it to the school.
Is there a year co-ordinator? They would probably be your first port of call, or the vice principal.
Schools DO take these things very seriously.
Poor little DS, I'm glad he felt able to tell you.
Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:21 AM
I went to a brilliant cyber bullying seminar last night, delivered by a leading cyber safety expert (Sue McLean, FYI).
She recomended informing the child's school and if it's ongoing, report it to the police.
You're right in that it's serious - I'm glad your son had the courage to tell you and your DH, you acted on it and the other parents took it seriously.
One important point that was made last night was to not 'ban' or threaten to shut down social media when things went wrong, as most kids will then be reluctant to tell us parents when they are bullied/ see bullying.
Edited by FrogIsAFrogIsAFrog, 29 October 2013 - 06:39 AM.
Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:13 AM
I was hoping there'd be an update.
How'd you go with your DS OP?
DD recently told me there was an issue at her school involving Instagram & bullying.
Some of the girls took a screen shot on their phones & showed their teacher.
Apparently the girl who did it got told off.
DD wasn't involved so she doesn't know much about the issue.
Posted 02 November 2015 - 03:20 PM
Report it to the school. Report it to Instagram. Take notes in case you need to report it to the police, and screenshots.
If the parents of the children involved are not responsive, you can throw the words 'legal action' in there as well. Your DS doesn't deserve to be treated like that.
Posted 02 November 2015 - 03:24 PM
Omg this makes me sick inside. For all the problems I thought I had going through primary and high school, they pale in comparison to the cyber bullying that happens these days. I'm so glad social media wasn't invented yet :-(
If it gets reported to Instagram they shut the profile down.
Posted 02 November 2015 - 03:49 PM
Cyber bullying is just a sub-set of bullying.
You'd report bullying if it was in any other form so you need to report this.
Posted 02 November 2015 - 03:54 PM
For this I would actually go to the police - I think they have a cyber bullying department - I am not saying call 000 but I think there is an official way
Posted 02 November 2015 - 05:22 PM
Locking as the thread is over 2years old.
Most schools these days treat Cyber Bullying as a real problem.
There is also the option to go to the police if you feel the school arent acting in your childs best interest.
Recently the Australian Government has launched a service to assist in tackling this problem.
This link may be of some help https://www.esafety.gov.au/
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