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What To Do When Your Child is Cyberbullied: Top Ten Tips for Parents

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This Top Ten List outlines strategies that parents can use if their child is the victim of cyberbullying.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2015). What to do when your child is cyberbullied: Top ten tips for parents. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://cyberbullying.us/tips-for-parents-when-your-child-is-cyberbullied/

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Cyberbullying Warning Signs

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

To be sure, it is often difficult to determine whether behavioral or attitudinal changes in youth are signals of distress or simply the usual “adolescent angst” commonly associated with this difficult transitional period in their lives. Nevertheless, it is important for educators, parents, and other adults to learn to read the behavior of their students and children so that real problems can be detected, diagnosed, and promptly handled. A number of red flags may suggest that a child is experiencing some type of distressing event while online. Identifying these indicators may help to minimize the negative emotional and psychological effects of Internet-based harm.

From: Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (978-1483349930).

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Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This document is a nine-page summary – filled with as much useful information as possible – to equip educators and parents to spot cyberbullying, respond to it appropriately and meaningfully, and to prevent its future occurrence among the children and teenagers they care for. If you only have time to read one fact sheet from the Cyberbullying Research Center to get up-to-speed about the problem and what you can do, read this one.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2014). Cyberbullying fact sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/Cyberbullying_Identification_Prevention_Response.pdf

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Technology Use Contract

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

Use this Technology Use Contract to establish an open line of communication regarding the child and parent expectations when it comes to using technology.

From: Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (978-1483349930).

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Responding to Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Parents

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This Top Ten List outlines strategies that parents can implement at home to keep their kids safe from cyberbullying victimization

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2014). Responding to Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Parents. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://cyberbullying.us/responding-to-cyberbullying-top-ten-tips-for-parents/

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Preventing Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Parents

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This Top Ten List outlines strategies that parents can implement at home to keep their kids safe from cyberbullying victimization.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2014). Preventing Cyberbullying: Top Ten Tips for Parents. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/Top_Ten_Tips_Parents_Cyberbullying_Prevention.pdf

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Questions Parents Should Ask Their Children About Technology

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

Provides parents with some sample questions that they should ask their children about how they are interacting online.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2013). Cyberbullying Scripts for Parents to Promote Dialog and Discussion. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/Questions_Parents_Should_Ask.pdf.

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Cyberbullying Word Trace

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

An activity distributed to youth to promote discussion about cyberbullying.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J.W. (2013). Cyberbullying word trace:
Talking to youth about Internet harassment. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/cyberbullying_word_trace.pdf

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Cyberbullying Word Find: Talking to Youth about Internet Harassment

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

A word search to be distributed to youth to promote discussion about cyberbullying and Internet safety.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2013). Cyberbullying word find:
Talking to youth about Internet harassment. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/cyberbullying_word_find.pdf

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Cyberbullying Crossword Puzzle: Talking to Youth about Internet Harassment

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

A crossword puzzle to be distributed to youth to promote discussion about cyberbullying.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J.W. (2013). Cyberbullying crossword puzzle:
Talking to youth about Internet harassment. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/cyberbullying_crossword.pdf

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Ten Ideas for Youth to Educate their Community about Cyberbullying

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

Outlines specific activities that adolescents can do to promote awareness about online bullying and teach others how to deal with it.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2013). Ten Ideas for Youth to Educate their Community about Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/teens_cyberbullying_prevention_activities_tips.pdf

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Cyberbullying Scripts for Parents to Promote Dialog and Discussion

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

Provides parent/teenager “scripts” to promote dialogue and discussion about cyberbullying

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2013). Cyberbullying Scripts for Parents to Promote Dialog and Discussion. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/cyberbullying_scripts.pdf

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A Potential Response to Cyberbullying: Talking to the Parents of the Bully

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I received an email from an educator who attended a recent presentation.  She asked if it is advisable for the parents of cyberbullying victims to contact the parents of the cyberbullies to try to resolve the situation.  This can be a very tricky proposition.  In theory, this seems like a very good approach and for many parents can be an effective strategy.  However, victims of any form of bullying are usually terrified by the prospects of this idea.  They believe that confronting the parents of the bully will only make matters worse.  And it certainly can, if the conversation is not approached delicately.

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Sexting: A Brief Guide for Educators and Parents

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This Fact Sheet defines sexting as it occurs among adolescents, and summarizes the current state of research on the problem. It also details informal and formal responses – particularly from legal and political authorities – and describes what schools should do as it relates to policy and response efforts. Finally, it suggests some practical prevention strategies that educators can implement to reduce its occurrence and perceived acceptability among students.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2010). Sexting: A Brief Guide for Educators and Parents. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/Sexting_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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A Student’s Guide to Personal Publishing

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By Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja

This handout discusses issues that students should consider when creating offline or online content and then publishing it for others to see. It also provides guidelines that can inform how best to make and share ideas, opinions, and multi-media in a way that does not lead to negative repercussions.

Patchin, J. W. & Hinduja, S. (2010). A Student’s Guide to Personal Publishing. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/Students_Guide_to_Personal_Publishing.pdf

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Parent’s Response to Cyberbullying: What to do when your Child is the Bully

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What should you do if your child bullies others online? Elizabeth Englander, our colleague at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, provided an excellent response to this question in her answer to a parent who commented on the recent New York Times article. First of all, parents need to approach this problem like any other: with a calm and clear head. If you are angry (which you most likely will be at first), take a step back and revisit the issue when you have calmed down a bit. This won’t be the first time your child disappointed you or acted in a way that demands a corrective response.

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Cell Phone Use Contract

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This is a formal agreement to be signed by both parents and children to help facilitate an open line of communication regarding the appropriate use of cell phones.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Cell Phone Use Contract. Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/cyberbullying_cell_phone_contract.pdf

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Family Internet Use Contract

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This is a formal agreement to be signed by both parents and children to help facilitate an open line of communication regarding the appropriate use of the Internet. Feel free to customize for your own needs.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Internet Use Contract. Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/cyberbullying_internet_use_contract.pdf

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Safe and Responsible Social Networking: Strategies for Keeping Yourself Safe Online

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

This handout provides commonsense strategies for encouraging and enabling youth to think about important issues when posting content on social networking sites.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Safe and Responsible Social Networking: Strategies for Keeping Yourself Safe Online. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/safe_responsible_social_networking.pdf

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Cyberbullying Scenarios: Talking to Youth about Internet Harassment

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

Engage parents, educators, or youth in a discussion about cyberbullying by reading and discussing these scenarios.

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J.W. (2009). Cyberbullying word scramble:
Talking to youth about Internet harassment. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/Cyberbullying_Scenarios.pdf

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Cyberbullying Word Scramble: Talking to Youth about Internet Harassment

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By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

Unscramble the words to uncover cyberbullying-related concepts and websites!

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2009). Cyberbullying word scramble:
Talking to youth about Internet harassment. Cyberbullying Research Center. Retrieved [insert date], from http://www.cyberbullying.us/Cyberbullying_word_scramble.pdf

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