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Stop Look Listen: What should I do if my child is being cyber bullied?

Cyber bullying is bullying that uses technology like mobile phones or the internet.

What should I do if my child is being cyber bullied?
If you suspect your child is being cyber bullied, don’t ignore it. Consider the following approaches:

  • Make sure your child is aware of cyber bullying.
  • Be aware of your child’s internet activity.
  • Try to understand the technology and communication networks your child uses.
  • Ask your child to show you any nasty messages he or she receives.
  • Tell your child never to respond to an abusive text message – what the cyber bully most wants is a reply.
  • Talk to staff at your child’s school if other pupils at the school are involved.

Schools are very aware of cyber bullying and it’s likely to be included in their anti-bullying policy.

The BBC’s Understanding cyber bullying is a useful resource for further reading.

Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility, not just professionals and staff.

If you are concerned about a child you should make a referral to Children and Young People’s Services by contacting ‘Customer First’ on 0808 800 4005. In an emergency you can call the Police on 999.

Read CAS’ safeguarding pledge for the Stop, Look and Listen campaign 2014.
Find about more about training offered by CAS, including safguarding.
For enquiries about safeguarding, contact:

Jacqui Wilkinson
Senior Development Officer – Children and Young People, Safeguarding and Quality Standards
[email protected]
01473 345312