For example, ‘I understand what you’re saying, and I’m glad you came to me about this. You’re not going to get into trouble, but we need to trust each other, fix this and move forward.’
For example, ‘You might not want to tell me all the detail, but if we can talk honestly about what’s happened I promise I’ll listen and stay calm. No matter what happens, we can do this and I love you.
For example, ‘I want to make sure we’re clear on some rules around your use of technology and how to treat people online. Sending around photos or videos to hurt and embarrass someone isn’t ok.
For example, ‘I know what a kind and respectful person you are, and it makes me so proud to see you acting the same way when you’re online. You are such a great friend: I can see how much everyone looks up to you at school.
For example, ‘I noticed that Sam hasn’t been at training for the past few weeks … and her dad told me she’s been pretty sad lately. Have you noticed anything? What do you think is wrong? Would that make you sad? What can we do to help?
For example, ‘None of what they’ve posted about you is true, and it’s very hurtful. What they’ve done isn't ok. They must be feeling pretty bad about themselves to treat you like this. How are you feeling? Let’s block them to stop their messages coming through. Then I was thinking we could finally go and pick up those concert tickets for Friday night. Want to come with me?
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