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Reassurance is key to wellbeing.

Byline: MARTHA EVANS, National Co-ordinator, Anti-bullying Alliance

WHAT steps can parents take for children whose wellbeing is affected by cyberbullying - particularly if they are a disabled child or a child with special educational needs? We know bullying, including cyberbullying, can have a significant impact on a child's self-esteem. Bullying often targets an aspect of someone's life like your appearance or a disability.

This can be really damaging to how young people feel about themselves. It's important that when cyberbullying happens that you work to support your child and ensure their wellbeing is not adversely affected.

Make sure you emphasise your child's strengths, reassure them that you love them and that the cyberbullying is not their fault.

Try not to control and monitor their online behaviour too much - this might make them less likely to feel able to talk to you about their experiences online.

Instead, have open conversations about online behaviour so they know they can talk to you. Keep checking in with them and ask them if they're OK.

If you are worried about your child's mental health, take them to speak to a doctor and your child's school.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 21, 2017
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