In cases where the culprit is a schoolmate, the evidence can be used for the school’s investigation.
Report the bullying – online and offline
Is the bullying taking place on a social media platform? If yes, take advantage of their “report” feature. Should the administrator find the comments or messages abusive, they may block the bully from using the platform.
Moreover, report the bullying to the authorities. In most cases, the bullies involved are from the same school, so talking to your child’s adviser is necessary. From there, the discipline committee might conduct an investigation and issue appropriate sanctions.
If the bully is a neighbor, you can report the incidences to the barangay. Reporting to the police may also be necessary if your child receives threats. That way, you’ll have the opportunity to talk to the bully (and their parents, if they are also a child) in the presence of an authority figure.
Ask your child to “walk away” from the bully
Your child may find it tempting to retaliate, but talk them out of it, especially if authorities are already involved. Instruct your teenager to avoid confrontation, and of course, to block the bullies online.
Continue to monitor your teenager
Once all is said and done, continue to monitor your child. Doing this is crucial to check if the bullying has stopped or it’s persisting.
Additionally, even if the cyberbullying stops, the effects on your child may continue to manifest. If your teenager continues to appear distressed, talking to a doctor or therapist is a must.
Learn more about Adolescent’s Mental Health here.