Tools and Strategies

Cyberbullying Warning Signs

Teenage Girl Being Bullied via Text Message


For Educators | For Parents, Families, and Caregivers

Below are some warning signs that your child/teen may be the target of cyberbullying. If you notice one or more of these signs, take immediate steps to identify and respond to what is upsetting your child/teen. By approaching the discussion with a gentle, supportive tone, asking questions and expressing your concern, you should be able to discover what is causing changes in your child’s/teen’s behavior.

Cyberbullying may be happening to your child/teen if you notice he or she:

  • becomes upset, sad or angry during or after being online or using their phone.
  • withdraws from family or friends.
  • expresses reluctance or refuses to participate in activities previously enjoyed.
  • has an unexplained decline in grades.
  • refuses to go to school or expresses anger or dissatisfaction with a specific class or school in general.
  • increasingly reports symptoms of illness for which he or she wants to stay at home.
  • shows signs of depression or sadness.