Dr. Cindy Gellner share the signs to look for if you suspect your kid might be the victim of cyberbullying and steps you can take to keep him safe.">

Jul 14, 2017 — Cyberbullying can negatively impact the mental health and well-being of our children. With technology everywhere, how do we keep our kids safe? On today's Health Minute, pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner share the signs to look for if you suspect your kid might be the victim of cyberbullying and steps you can take to keep him safe.

Interview

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Interviewer: What should you do if you think your child is dealing with cyber bullying? Pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner, what advice do you have?

Dr. Cindy: Your child may be a victim of cyber bullying if they become sad, angry, or upset during or after using the internet or cell phone. No matter how much your child argues about privacy, parents should always monitor a child's use of technology. Keep the electronic in a busy area of your house rather than allowing your child to use them in the bedroom.

Know who your child communicates with online, and go over your child's address book and buddy list with them. Insist on knowing your child's passwords, and learn the common acronyms the kids use online and in text messages. You need to remember to give them a lot of positive reinforcement and let them know it's not their fault. Also make sure that your teacher is aware, get the school counselor involved because cyber bullying often starts in school.

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