What is it, and what do I do?

What is "Cyberbullying"?

Cyberbullying is any bullying that takes place through the use of electronics, including cell phones, computers, social media sites, etc.

Examples of cyberbullying might be...

  • sending mean text messages or emails
  • spreading rumors through the use of the internet, like Facebook or Twitter
  • posting embarrassing photos online
  • creating fake profiles of others on the internet

How is cyberbullying different the "regular" bullying?

The biggest difference is that cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is not limited to just the school day or just lunch time; it can happen at anytime, and it is usually unexpected.

Also, cyberbullying messages and threats are anonymous, making it extremely difficult to identify who is the source of the harassment. When a student is bullied in school, immediate action can be taken because faculty is certain who is behind the problem. With cyberbullying, tracking down the culprit is a real struggle.

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What can you do to stop the bullying?

The most important thing to remember in regards to cyberbullying is the importance of reporting the crime. Many schools have arranged anonymous reporting opportunities for bullying as well as cyberbullying. The bullying cannot be stopped if no one knows about it-- that's why it is your job to stand up to cyberbullying.

Don't be a bystander-- don't laugh and encourage those who are being bullied. When you witness bullying and chose to laugh along and not take action, you are now taking part of that bullying situation. Stand up for what is right, and make positive choices that you know will not harm others feelings.