WNY Family Magazine September 2018 - Page 39

How Parents and Children Should Handle Cyberbullying Question: Recently, my daughter in middle school has been getting bullied online. The people who are bullying her are classmates. They say she only gets good grades because she is a teacher’s pet. What can she do? What can I do? — Worried Mom Answer: You definitely need to be aggressive in fighting these bullies. You need to report what is happening to the so- cial media site or sites where the messages are coming from. After receiving a report, most social media sites will block their email address with your email provider and block their number from being able to send your child text messages. You should also contact the appropriate person at your child’s school. The school needs to be aware that cyberbullying is oc- curring and deal ap- propriately with the cy- berbullies. You should also check the laws in your state against cy- ber harassment. There is a lot of information out there to help you to know what to do, and the people mentioned above will provide you lots of informa- tion to get started. G IN M NTY YO U W CO 32nd Annual September 29th & 30th, 2018 ~ 10am-5pm The “ Gaslight Village ” Wyoming, NY Non-Stop Musical Entertainment Over 200 Craft Exhibitors • Antique Show & Sale Bluegrass Festival Saturday 10am-5pm Street Entertainers Museum & Historical Society Open Great Harvest Food Bake-Off Saturday in the Village Park by the Festival Information Building. Entries Auctioned at 2pm to Benefit Charity Fireman’s Chicken BBQ Sunday at the Fire Hall, 11am til’ Gone Free Festival Admission General parking $5/car at Wyoming Fire Hall (Maple St. across from festival grounds) Handicap parking $5/car & Free Shuttle available at Wyoming Central School www.appleumpkin.com appleumpkin@hotmail.com • (585) 495-9940 Make sure that your daughter knows to never, never re- spond to a message, text or post that contains bullying remarks. Doing so usually only makes the situation worse and is provid- ing the reaction cyberbullies want. However, you might want to reply once telling the sender that this has been reported and make sure that you do the reporting. You can also change your child’s email address. Make sure that you keep a record of all the bullying mes- sages. If you are unable to print out a message, you should take a screen shot. You will definitely need all this information to back up your words if you need to pursue a criminal or civil lawsuit. Remember that often the child being cyberbullied is also being bullied in school. You need to make sure that your child knows how much you love and support her and are willing to help her. Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@ dearteacher.com or to the Dear Teacher website at www.deart- eacher.com. September 2018 WNY Family 39