Be an upstander, not a bystander
Online or offline, bullying hurts. Teach your teens what is and isn’t acceptable communication on the web. And if you suspect your teen might be the victim of bullying or engaging in bullying activity, step in. The advice from our partners might also be useful when you have those conversations.
Advice from our partners
Cyberbullying, which can be the equivalent of “social death” for many young people, can be very traumatic. It differs from traditional, face-to-face bullying in that it is relentless and public, and at the same time anonymous. Add to this the potential presence of countless, invisible witnesses and/or collaborators to the cyberbullying, and you have a situation where victims are left unsure of who knows, and whom to fear. The best response to cyberbullying is a pro-active and preventative one. Parents should set rules for younger children, including never provide personally identifiable information online, don’t share passwords with friends, and treat everyone with respect. With teenagers, parents need to discuss the nature of their online interactions and responsible use of the internet. To respond to a cyberbullying incident, parents should meet with school officials if the perpetrator is a peer from school. If the activity includes threats, it should be reported to the local police. Young people can call Kids Help Phone, at 1-800-668-6868, for advice on dealing with bullying. Read more advice on cyberbullying.
Discover Google safety tools designed to help your family monitor their online reputation.
Manage YouTube Comments
If someone is making comments that you don't like on your videos or Channel, you can block them on YouTube. This means they won't be able to comment on your stuff or send you private messages.
Choose whose updates you see in your stream
What if someone adds you to their circles, but you're not interested in interacting with them? If you don’t want to block them, you can mute them instead. If you mute a user, you will no longer receive notifications from them or their page.
Control the chatter about your videos
It’s easy to moderate the comments on your YouTube channel. You can choose to delete comments, or to hold comments from certain people or with certain keywords from being published before you review them.