Tips for handling cyberbullying

Joel Haber, PhD Psychologist & Bullying Expert, shares advice for parents on the best actions to take when your child is being cyberbullied
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Tips for handling cyberbullying

If your child is faced with cyber bullying, whether it be the use of cell phone or computer or other kind of technology, the important thing is, not to respond. If you respond, you are getting into the back and forth with the bully, and you are showing them that you are in it. It's a game. You are not going to win that game. You want to make sure you don't react. Print off or save whatever those messages are so that you can give them to an adult later, that's part of what technology means, part of what comes to them, is to show you. You let them know, never to respond because if you respond, you are keeping it going. If they respond, and they are going to want to because their emotions will kick in, but responding will only make the situation worse. As a parent, then have that information and send it to the website provider or the mobile provider, send to a school; so they know it's happening and they can respond and take the steps they need to.

Joel Haber, PhD Psychologist & Bullying Expert, shares advice for parents on the best actions to take when your child is being cyberbullied


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Joel Haber, PhD

Psychologist, Bullying & Parenting Expert, Author

Dr. Joel Haber is a Clinical Psychologist and internationally recognized bully prevention and parenting expert. He was selected as a webinar leader and a speaker for the Obama Administration Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention initiative.  He was also an invited participant to the Second Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in 2011. His recent book, Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good set the bullying standard for schools, camps, sports, organizations and families dealing with bully prevention and intervention. He recently published The Resilience Formula: A Guide to Proactive, Not Reactive Parenting.  He is a consultant and expert to the American Camp Association, and to LG Electronics as a member of (, providing cyberbullying and mobile harassment expertise to parents and families. He is an advisor to Cartoon Network’s anti-bully campaign: Stop Bullying: Speak Up.  He is an expert for No Snap Judgments: The Addams Family Broadway Show- National Campaign to promote acceptance and tolerance amongst our youth. He is also co-founder of Tool Kits for Kids (, recipient of five national parenting awards for helping parents and kids develop the tools and emotional life skills to overcome worry, build confidence and develop resilience. He has written and published extensively, speaking each year to thousands of parents and educators to help make children’s lives, safer and better. 

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