Students often don't tell adults about cyberbullying through fear they will disconnect them from supportive friends and family, and may overreact and make the situation worse.
There are often signs that indicate a child may be the target of cyberbullying or struggling for other reasons.Look for:
If you notice a child in your class or in the schoolyard showing any of the above signs, or other worrying and out of character behaviours, please tell them you are worried and want to help.
If they won’t open up to you then recruit trusted others to talk to them, for example another teacher, guidance officer or school counsellor.
Keep a close eye on their interactions and ask other relevant staff to do the same, particularly at recess and lunchtime. If the child seems disconnected from others then encourage them to join lunchtime groups and recruit kind and supportive students to look out for them.
If other students appear to be targeting them or excluding them then there is a need for appropriate consequences in line with your school’s bullying policy.
Any significant concerns should be discussed with the student and their parents or carers. Students should be provided with options for psychological support including school counselling or anonymous counselling through the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
Safe schools have robust policies in place to address bullying and cyberbullying and develop an open, supporting and connected school culture.If your school does not have anti-bullying procedures, you will find valuable information on state based approaches in the policies area of this site.
In addition, the National Safe Schools Framework helps Australian schools to develop effective student safety and wellbeing policies and the Safe Schools Hub provides strategies to help schools meet the recommendations of the National Safe Schools Framework.