Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs through digital technology, such as text messages, e-mail, and material posted on social media sites. It can happen 24 hours a day, any place where a child has online access, and it’s especially harmful because it can occur anonymously and be spread quickly to hundreds of bystanders. While it might seem impossible to protect children from this type of bullying, there is a lot that adults can do to prevent cyberbullying and to effectively intervene when their child is involved.

Here you will find important information and tips for keeping children safe online, including how to teach digital citizenship—responsible and appropriate use of online media. Six interactive scenarios on this site will take you through different situations involving cyberbullying and digital citizenship, allowing you to hear real-life conversations between parents and youth, choose the paths they should take, and find the best outcomes.


    Jon Mattleman
    Needham Youth Services, Massachusetts