Cyberbullying affects up to 15 percent of children, according to a report released last year by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
And the rates are even higher for children who are overweight, disabled, or LGBT, or members of a minority group.
Victims have physical problems such as sleeping, upset stomachs, and headaches along with psychological effects, such as depression, anxiety, and alcohol and drug use.
Let your kids know that they can turn to you for help, and find out what resources are available from your local schools.
You should save messages and other evidence of the cyberbullying. Report the bully to the social media platform concerned in the first instance. Then to the telephone or Internet service provider as well as to the school, or local law enforcement authorities. And block the bully from your child’s social media, telephone, or email accounts.
More information here:
Anti-Defamation League: http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/bullying-cyberbullying/
Cyberbullying Research Center: http://cyberbullying.org/
Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cyberbullying
Connect Safely: http://www.connectsafely.org/tips-to-help-stop-cyberbullying/
Delete Cyberbullying: http://endcyberbullying.net/what-to-do-if-youre-a-victim/