Direct Internet Threats: Tips for Parents

In recent years, among teenagers, bullying of their peers on the Internet, or "cyber-bullying", has become widespread. What do you need to know about this?

The reasons for threatening messages can be many: from small children's disputes in reality, which grew into Internet correspondence, to the targeted pursuit of accidental victims. If everything is clear with the first, then we need to dwell on the second in more detail. Usually, persecutors use online threats or blackmail to achieve a sense of their own superiority, and rarely when they really seek material gain.


First of all, make sure that he understands that you are with him, and not against him. Explain that this is not his fault. Don't ask "what did he do to be treated like that?" Do not deprive him of the opportunity to go online. Otherwise, you will lose the child's trust, and he will be left alone with the persecutors.

So what do you do? Internet Threat Protection:

1. Don't answer.

2. Keep copies of messages as evidence.

3. Ban, blacklist or ignore the pursuer.

4. Contact the hosting, forum administration, social networks, etc. with a complaint against the persecutor.

5. Make sure your child understands that you are with him or her.

6. Strive to develop your child's self-confidence.

7. Emphasize that it is not his or her fault.

8. Do not deny him or her access to the Internet.

9. Discuss whether the school should be told if the child suspects that the legs of threats are growing from there.

10. Think before talking to the bully's parents, if you know him. What to do if a child is bullied at school.


Don't assume your child is incapable of online threats. Many internet bullying arises from a false sense of online invulnerability and anonymity. Few people imagine both the effect on the victim and the possible consequences for themselves.

What should the bully's parents do?

1. Deprive him of access to the Internet for a certain period. Including from a mobile.

2. Discuss with him if he himself would like to be a victim of such persecution and why it is not as harmless prank as he or she suggests.

3. Take his time during the period of deprivation of the Internet with activities that are useful for the family. Do not forget to sincerely praise the assignments, without going back to the topic "Did he learn the instructions?"

4. Encourage him or her to take responsibility and apologize for online threats.