Most parents don’t know the first thing about how to set up a system to monitor all their child’s online activities and cell phone exchanges. In fact, most parents do absolutely nothing when it comes to monitoring their child’s activities and communications. Many think that just installing a computer program is all it takes to ensure their kids are safe which an incomplete solution is at best. They don’t realize they need a comprehensive strategy to fight this complex problem.
Teaching your children to respect others and to take a stand against bullying of all kinds helps too. Education can help considerably in preventing and dealing with the consequences of cyberbullying. The first place to begin an education campaign is with the kids and teens themselves. We need to address ways they can become inadvertent cyberbullies, how to be accountable for their actions and not to stand by and allow bullying (in any form) to be acceptable. We need to teach them not to ignore the pain of others.