What can I do if my child is a victim of cyberbullying?
If your child is the victim of cyberbullying or cyberstalking, you want to have an open conversation with them about it. Let them know that it’s not their fault. Make them feel comfortable to come to you to talk about these issues. It’s hard for us to understand what it’s like to be a child today where when you leave school, you don’t get a break from the harassment through social media. Everyone is constantly available through their phone. They don’t really get that break from harassment. It’s important to know that you are there for them. If they are a victim of cyberstalking or cyberbullying, you want to make sure you help them to gather the evidence. Talk to them about what apps are on their phone. Make sure you understand how to use those apps so that you can know what your child is doing and know what messages your child– they’re receiving. You want to make sure that you are able to get that information, so you know how to take screenshots and document the evidence. If the harassment’s coming from someone that your child goes to school with, you may want to talk to a teacher, a guidance counselor. You may want to reach out to other parent and see if we can resolve it that way. However, if that doesn’t work you have legal rights and remedies available to you. You can file for a petition for injunction for stalking on behalf of your minor child. You can go forth with seeking a no contact order, a restraining order, the injunction, so that you could put a stop to your child’s harassment. If that doesn’t work you also have criminal remedies available in Florida stalking is a crime. Cyberstalking and cyberbullying are a basis for the crime of stalking, you have legal remedies available to you if it gets to that.