How to respond to cyber bullying

Instant messages, chat rooms, e-mails and social network sites can all help fuel a cyber bully.

Girls are twice as likely as boys to be victims.

Here are several things you can do to help your children:

Keep the computer in a common area like the family room. Consider installing tracking software that allows you to view every keystroke.

Regularly talk about the problem, your expectations and any issues they may experience electronically. Insist that they do not respond to any provocation.

Make copies of these messages/pictures as evidence.

Contact the cyber bully through the school, parents or directly. Notify the police if there is evidence of stalking, extortion, obscenity or possible acts of violence.

Notify the e-mail or Internet provider. Your complaint could shut down the source of the problem.