Beat a cyberbully: Here’s how parents can help

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The federal website, http://Stopbullying.gov, advises parents to watch for subtle clues that something is wrong, such as their child becoming withdrawn, hiding their screen when others are nearby or reacting emotionally to what is happening on their device. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – While remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic lowered reported instances of bullying, parents fear that, for some students, going back to school will mean going back to being bullied. “Bullying is something we worry about, especially with the beginning of each new school year,” Zury Bourque said of her family of four in Cypress, Texas. Now 15 years after the inception of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, technology’s ever-greater presence in children’s lives has given bullying a new outlet. With just a click, cyberbullies can taunt, harass and threaten relentlessly, even reaching into the home via cellphone or computer. As a result, victims report feeling hopeless, isolated and even suicidal. What can parents do to protect their children? Tak
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