It’s every parent’s nightmare to find out that their child is being bullied at school. But it’s happening every day to millions of kids. Often parents don’t know what to do when they find out that their child is a victim of bullying either at school or online. When I found out my daughter was being cyberbullied, I felt powerless. I had no idea how to protect her. Here are some things I learned, like how to use a cell phone lookup, from going through the process of trying to protect my daughter. When you find out that your child is being bullied, either online or at school, you have to take action right away. This problem isn’t going to go away by itself. Here are four things that you should do immediately when you find out your child is being bullied:
You need to document everything that happens so you can prove a pattern of bullying and abuse. If your child is getting bullied online, take screen shots of any and all relevant messages. Be sure to screen shot the names and social media profiles of the bullies, too. Save texts and emails, but also take screen shots of them, just in case. Do a cell phone lookup on any number you don’t recognize to confirm their identity. Then, start compiling them on a flash drive and make copies of everything.
Change Your Child’s Passwords
Bullies may try to hack into your child’s online and social media accounts. Kids aren’t always great about keeping their passwords a secret, so some of their bullies may have them. In my daughter’s case, her bully was someone who used to be her friend. So, she had my daughter’s email and Facebook passwords, which made the bullying worse. She could even use a cell phone lookup tool to learn about my daughter’s other social media accounts, too. That’s why you need to immediately change the passwords for all of your child’s emails and social media.
Contact The School
If the bullying is happening online, your school’s officials may tell you that if the attacks don’t happen on school grounds or computers, there’s nothing they can do. That may be true, but you need to establish a timeline of the bullying. Reporting it and putting it on record with your child’s school will start to establish it. Even if your school refuses to help with the bullying, which they may, report it anyway so you have proof.
Get Your Child Into Some Kind of Activity
Bullying will make your child feel worthless and friendless. Consider signing your child up for an activity or a sport that isn’t run by the school or where they won’t run into any of their bullies. This can help give your child a support network and boost their self-esteem. My daughter loves horses, so I got her involved in a volunteer group that walks horses for handicapped riders. She made some great friends and felt better about herself because she was doing something for others. It turned out to be a fantastic way to get her to focus on something other than being bullied.