This may be hard to spot and very difficult for parents to accept, but it’s important to watch out for the following signs:
Refusal to let you know what they are doing online, or see what messages they are sending. Minimising screens and cutting off calls when you walk in the room are common indications.
Aliases are a cyberbully’s protection from being found out and are very easy to set up.
Does your child spend a long time online whilst also on the phone to friends?
Have they recently complained about themselves or a friend being cyberbullied?
Has there been a recent falling out with a friend or friends?
Has your child fallen in with the wrong crowd online? By succumbing to peer pressure or simply “going with the flow” young people can often be encouraged to make the wrong choices.
Does your child become unusually angry when they can’t use the computer or when you ask about their online activities?
Has your child become increasingly aggressive or spiteful to others, including animals?