Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our children do come into harm’s way online in the form of cyberbullying. While we always recommend parents exercise caution before stepping in, there are times when it becomes absolutely necessary such as:
The bully has threatened your child with violence
The bully uses violent terms or imagery to intimidate your child
The bully follows your child home or confronts them physically
In these instances, we encourage you to step in immediately and use the law. The Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) specifically includes measures to help victims, ways to simplify the process for getting harmful communications off the internet quickly and effectively, and outlines criminal offences applicable to penalise serious perpetrators.