If you feel your child is at risk of self-harm, please contact a mental health professional, such as your local children’s hospital or mental health officer with local law enforcement, as soon as you can. If you feel that the risk of self-harm is imminent, call 911 immediately. If you feel a crime has been committed, or is likely to occur, please contact your local law enforcement to file and pursue a complaint.
I am a Parent
Parents, there are many things you can do to advocate our mission at your child’s school, within your community, and with your local and state government. Learn more about cyberbullying and how to get involved.
Bridge the gap.
Our DBM Project is working to bridge the gap that exists between those who are victims of bullying, parents, schools, teachers, and the rest of the community with the goal of putting an end to bullying.
David’s Law amended the Texas Penal Code (that is, the criminal code). With its passing, the Texas legislature recognized the incredible and frightening acceleration of harassment occurring through technology, not to mention the corresponding damage it can cause. To help stem the tide of technology based harassment, David’s Law changed the definition of harassment to include situations occurring through social media, Internet, computers, and cell phones. The law includes criminal repercussions for violations (Class B misdemeanor) and strengthens jail time and fines for repeat offenders, for situations in which it is suggested that a child commit suicide or other serious bodily harm, or for those who violate a restraining order (for these situations, the violation is a Class A misdemeanor.
Make it a family affair
The fight to end cyberbullying is best approached together, as a family. Parents are the biggest influence in their children’s lives. As a parent you should demonstrate how to treat others both online and in the real world. We’ve created conversation cards and other downloadable resources to help you continue these conversations “off-screen.” Download, here:
Host a Parent Group
Creating a community of other concerned and caring parents is a powerful way to see results and share the mission. Get together for a Happy Hour or desserts and host authentic conversations with others on the dangers of cyberbullying and the role parents play. We have some ideas on how to start the conversation here:
Partner with your child’s school
We encourage you to make a difference by using your voice to create change. The first place to start is in your child’s school. You can advocate for strong anti-bullying laws in several ways. Here’s what we suggest
Volunteer with us!
Working to put an end to cyberbullying is our goal and we cannot do it without your help. Whether that is advocating for change, promoting programs in your child’s schools, or using your talents in other ways, you can be a part of the solution. Learn more, here: