4. Recognize the potential dangers from sources you might otherwise trust.
LGBTQ+ youthcan be taken advantage of and put into situations that put them at risk. Pay attention to increased interest from family, close friends, love interests, and even employers in their lives, and do not be afraid to talk to them about any relationships that seem new or out of character.
- Know LGBTQ+ youths’ rights regarding anti-bullying and harassment laws that can protect and/or provide recourse from online bullying.
5. Cyberbullying may take place through social media apps, text messaging, instant messaging, online chatting (forums, chat rooms, message boards), and email.
- Check out your state’s anti-bullying/harassment laws at: https://maps.glsen.org/
- Ask school districts to provide you with the school board policy language regarding bullying and harassment. Look for references to (cyber)bullying that happens online and through social media.
- Demonstrate to LGBTQ+ youth how to report/block content and individuals that are abusive, harmful or negative through social media settings.
- If targeted through indirect forms of harassment through their siblings or friends, be prepared to discuss this with LGBTQ+ siblings and/or notify friends’ parents of LGBTQ+ youth.
- Identify what cyberbullying is and how to report it by going towww.stopbullying.gov