The ins and outs of this deathly phenomenon
- Mean text messages or emails
- Rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites
- Embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles
- The 2013-2014 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that 7% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
- The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 15% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
- Students should be taught the proper use of technology and the value of other students and people.
- Students should become aware of the consequences of cyberbullying so that they are discouraged to treat others in this way.
- Parents should monitor social media so as to prevent their children from bullying anyone electronically.
You can and should report cyberbullying to one or more of the following:
- Online Service Providers (if the content goes against their policies)
- Law Enforcement (if there are threats or other illegal actions)
- Schools (Anti-bullying policies obligate them to act)