With all of the changes and transitions everyone has experienced in the last several months, not to mention the social distancing, bullying may not be top of mind. This weekend, however, is a good time to check in with your child if they have access to any form of electronic or digital communication.
Bullying behavior increases during times of stress or when the aggressor loses a sense of power and control. Furthermore, one of the main difficulties with cyberbullying is the ease at which it remains hidden, so opening the lines of conversation is important. Let your child know about the potential for increase in this behavior during this time.
It’s also a good time to remind your child or teen that they can talk to you if they have experienced bullying or any other difficulties via their phone or while online. Conversely, it’s important to remind youth about what is acceptable behavior on their part while using digital communications.
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