Address any instances of bullying immediately
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is similar to other types of bullying, except it takes place online and through text messages sent to cell phones. Cyberbullies can be classmates, online acquaintances, and even anonymous users, but most often they do know their victims.
Who do I contact if my child is being bullied at school or on the bus?
If your child has been physically injured, call 911.
Request to speak to the school’s principal or a building administrator. Encourage your child to describe what happened – but be prepared to speak for your child if he or she feels too intimidated to talk with the principal. Make sure you document everything in writing. Ask the school what steps will be taken to resolve the bullying.
Teach your child how to fill out the Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form to reinforce self-advocacy skills.
If you need additional assistance to resolve the issue, contact:
Dominic Romano, Education Program Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201