Experts suggest cyber safety discussions should start when children are six or seven years old. Here are some tips to help your children avoid online bullying.
- Don’t say anything online you wouldn’t say to someone’s face.
- Be nice and friendly.
- Use emoticons : ) so people know when you’re joking.
- Tell your mum or dad or another adult if someone sends you a mean message.
If someone sends you a mean or embarrassing message about someone else, don’t forward it to your other friends. Don’t help bullies hurt other kids!
- Don’t reply to a bully. They like upsetting people and you can’t win against them.
- If a friend upsets you, remember it’s easy to accidentally sound hurtful online, because people can’t hear your voice and can’t always tell if you’re joking.
- Never give your real name, your address, your phone number or your email address to someone you meet online.
- If someone sends you a mean or embarrassing message about someone else, don’t forward it to your other friends. Don’t help bullies hurt other kids!
- Be a good friend. If one of your friends is being bullied online or face-to-face, tell an adult.
This article has been supplied by Schools A to Z.
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