Cyberbullying: Put a stop to it now

Cynthia Capetillo- EDIT 3318

What is cyberbullying and why should you care?

Cyberbullying is using the Internet, cell phones, video game systems, or other technology to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Bullying has now found its way from the school hallways into cyberspace. Today's teens use technology more than ever, and this technology now provides people the means to exploit the innocent, commit crimes, and cause injury to others. It is time that everyone takes a stand to stop cyberbullying crimes that have caused more than 48% of kids to be cyberbullied.

(Moessner, Chris. "Cyberbullying, Trends and Tudes." Accessed February 10, 2014,

Stand Up to Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying Fast Facts

  1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
  2. 68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem.
  3. 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.
  4. Only 1 in 10 victims will inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse.
  5. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.

Connolly, Ciaran. "Facts About Cyber Bullying" No Bullying Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying School Bullying. Accessed February 10, 2014,

Prevent cyberbullying

Together, parents and kids can prevent cyberbullying and explore safe ways to use technology.

  • Be Aware of What Your Kids Are Doing Online
  • Establish Rules about Technology Use
  • Understand School Rules

Report Cyberbullying

When you suspect that cyberbullying is happening, do not fail to document an report this behavior so it can be handled appropriately.

Report Cyberbullying to Online Service Providers

Cyberbullying often violates the terms of service established by social media sites and internet service providers.

  • Review their terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.
  • Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.
  • Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.

Report Cyberbullying to Law Enforcement

When cyberbullying involves these activities it is considered a crime and should be

reported to law enforcement


  • Threats of violence
  • Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos
  • Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy
  • Stalking and hate crimes

Report Cyberbullying to Schools

  • Cyberbullying can create a disruptive environment at school and is often related to in-person bullying. The school can use the information to help inform prevention and response strategies.
  • In many states, schools are required to address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy. Some

    state laws

    also cover off-campus behavior that creates a hostile school environment.

The Victim of Cyberbullying

Cyberbyllying is a deadly virus

Cyberbullying is not something to take lightly. Cyberbullying does not only cause embarrassment, and heartache, it can ultimately be deadly if you don't know the proper steps to stop it. It can reach you or someone close to you, Know what to do and how to help.

work cited

(Moessner, Chris. "Cyberbullying, Trends and Tudes." Accessed February 10, 2014,


Connolly, Ciaran. "Facts About Cyber Bullying" No Bullying Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying School Bullying. Accessed February 10, 2014,