Parents and bullying

It can be overwhelming to know where – or how – to begin if you learn your child was bullied or has bullied others. These bullying resources have been designed with parents in mind.

What is bullying?

Understanding and identifying bullying behavior is the first step to prevent any further distress. Bullying may include releasing personal information, threatening others or making unwanted, malicious contact. While the exact parameters vary, bullying is usually an ongoing and intentionally harmful abuse of power.

At Meta, we do not tolerate bullying because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected. We also recognize that bullying and harassment can have more of an emotional impact on minors. That's why our policies provide even more protection for users between the ages of 13 and 18.

My child is being bullied.

If your child is impacted by bullying, the first step is to listen non-judgmentally. Make sure they know that as personal as the bullying may feel, it's not their fault. Depending on the situation, you can help them come up with an action plan to prevent further aggressions.

My child is bullying others.

If you learn your child has been bullying others, remember to remain open to what they have to say. Your child will need to feel emotionally safe to be honest, which is key for understanding the situation. Let them know the consequences of bullying, and help them explore solutions.