Recognizing the signs that your child is being cyberbullied is very important. In Phoebe Prince’s case, her parents recognized early on that their child was having problems with cyberbullying way before she committed suicide. They actually informed school authorities twice about the bullying problems she was facing. Unfortunately, even recognizing the signs of cyberbullying may not be enough, but it is oftentimes is the first step in limiting the damage it might cause. Here are some warning signs that your child is being cyberbullied:
* Child appears withdrawn when asked about his or her computer activity or how things are at school. Similarly, friends are also hesitant to answer questions about how your child is doing at school.
* Child appears nervous or apprehensive whenever he or she receives a text message or an email. He or she may lock down his or her social network account so as to prevent parents, siblings or relatives seeing their online activity.
* Child is suddenly nervous or hesitant to go to school or even outside the house, frequently glances around nervously when in public place.
* Child appears to be frustrated, depressed or angry after using the cell phone or the computer. He or she starts to withdraw from family and friends.
* Child starts to change internet habits such as deleting recent emails or text messages, removing updates on his Facebook newsfeed, etc.