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What should I do if my child is being bullied online?

If a child is being cyber bullied, we need to teach them to stop, block, and report. Stop, teach children not to engage with a bully online. Make sure they don't try and defend themselves or retaliate. Then you want to teach them to block. Shut down the application or block the user from being able to send any more mean messages. They don't need to read the vicious gossip that is being put out there about them. Then they need to report. They need to tell an adult. This is where things sometimes falter because children believe that if they tell an adult, they will make things worse. If we, as parents, can take a step back and think about how my child feels as a victim and not about getting the bully first, we can take the appropriate actions to make sure that the cyber bullying never happens again.

Lori Getz, MA Internet Safety Expert, Mother, and Educator, shares advice for parents on the best ways to respond when their child is being bullied online


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Lori Getz, M.A.

Technology Expert

Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for and  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  


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