Ask Dr. Jean: Online Bullying


(Arti Freeman) #1

Dear Dr. Jean,

As a parent I monitor my child’s online activity and I’ve noticed that some of the comments that people leave on the content that my son has viewed are rude, inappropriate and at times of a bullying/harassing nature. We’ve talked about what is, and is not appropriate but I wonder if there is something more I should say or do?

Anonymous (Parent)

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(Dr. Jean Clinton) #2

I have to say I think you are doing exactly what is needed. Have a RELATIONSHIP with your child where you can talk about these issues. Have it so you respect their view but also help them develop the skills to deal with upsetting content should it arise.

It is important to know what sites your children are going to and monitor as you do. Good advice is also available from the Mediatrician at: