An important part of addressing a cyberbullying situation is keeping a record of what has happened. It’s tempting for children who are being cyberbullied to delete messages and other bullying content sent to them, especially if they are trying to ignore the bullying. But this can become problematic if you need to provide proof of the cyberbullying to school officials or law enforcement officials later on. Remember that if it isn’t in writing, it doesn’t exist.
How to capture evidence of cyberbullying:
- Take screenshots of bullying content on a phone or computer.
- Save emails, messages, texts, photos, etc.
- If bullying is also happening in person, make sure to record the date and description of each event that your child tells you about.
- Many social media sites have safety pages that provide guidelines for how to address cyberbullying on their site:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/safety
- Twitter: https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311
- Instagram: https://help.instagram.com/154475974694511/
- Pintrest: https://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/harassment-and-cyberbullying
- Snapchat: https://support.snapchat.com/ca/abuse
- Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/policy/en/community