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Cyberbullying involves using technology with the intent to offend, humiliate, threaten, harass or abuse somebody. Here are some examples of what cyberbullying might look like in an online game:
Insults and swearing
Unwanted sexual contact
Destroying or stealing items
Sharing others' private information
Negative and hurtful messages
Ganging up on or targeting others
Account hacking and password theft
Here are some ideas on how to prevent cyberbullying in games and support your child if they’re being bullied:
Keep gaming consoles in easy to supervise locations
Know the ratings of the games your child is playing
Reassure them that you can sort it out together
Remind them it’s not their fault and they’re not alone
Praise your child for doing the right thing by talking about it
Establish rules to follow if they are being treated negatively
Keep a record of all negative interactions as evidence
Encourage them to keep up with other social activities they enjoy
Show your child how to report, mute or block players who bully others
Encourage them not to react or retaliate as it can make things worse
Show an interest in your child’s gaming – what are they playing and who with
Play or observe how the game works and what they’re exposed to in the game
Check to see if the games your child plays have reporting features or moderators
Help set their privacy settings and remind them to never give away personal info
Teach them about safe online behaviour, including not clicking on links from strangers
Encourage your child to take some time out from the game to remove the cause of stress
Support their general wellbeing by helping them to eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep
Remind them they can stop playing with people who bully others, leave the game or start a new one
Check out the eSafety website for more information on how to support your child and how to report cyberbullying.
You can also call Parentline in your State or Territory for more support and guidance on any parenting issue.
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