Are You Just Playing?
Three differences between cyberbullying and bullying
- Can happen 24/7
- happen at home when there alone
- anytime of the day
- Face to Face
- some days
- when there not alone
Effects of Cyberbullying
- Skip School
- Use alcohol and drugs
- Receive poor grades
- Have lower self-esteem
- Have more health problems
Prevention and Awarness
- Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities. Ask where they’re going, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with
- Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use
- Ask for their, but tell them you’ll only use them in case of emergency
- Ask to “friend” or “follow” your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so
- Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied. Explain that you will not take away their computers or cell phones if they confide in you about a problem they are having
Reporting a Cyberbully
- Don’t respond to and don’t forward cyberbullying messages.
- Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone service providers.
- Block the person who is cyberbullying.
Report to your school
- 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.