NetSafe have created a dedicated cyberbullying website which offers practical guidance for young people, parents and caregivers and teachers and principals who want help to understand and deal with bullying that takes place online or on a mobile phone.
Parents buying their child’s first mobile phone should take the opportunity to discuss safe and responsible use of the phone.
Vodafone have published a A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones (PDF, 1.7MB) which offers simple guidance on security, mobile txt bullying, sexting and road safety.
NetSafe believe parents should reassure their child that they will not remove their technology as a knee‐jerk reaction to problems including cyberbullying.
Young people tell us that fear of losing access to their computer or mobile phone is one of the reasons why they often don’t report cyberbullying.
Advice for parents:
- Tell younger children to be careful who they give their mobile number to and to not pass on friends’ numbers without asking them first.
- Remind children not to respond to texts from people they don’t know. In some cases, bullies send out random texts and wait to see who responds.
- Always think about whether something you send might make another person feel uncomfortable. Whether it’s a ‘joke’ or something about another person, be aware that it might be taken the wrong way or sent on to someone else. If in doubt, don’t send it.
- Talk with your child about how images, if posted online or sent on a mobile phone, could get sent on to others and be used to bully or embarrass them.