- the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
- Over half of adolescents or teens have been bullied online and about the same number have bullied others.
- 1 in 3 teenagers have experienced some form of threat through being cyberbullied.
- Half of young people do not inform their parents when cyberbullying occurs.
- Cyberbullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and/or commit suicide.
How to Prevent Cyberbullying
- Block the person who is sending the messages. Even if it was anonymous, there is always a way to disable anonymous messages or block the person who was sending them.
- Do not share anything over the internet you would not want to be made public to everyone.
- Do not post anything that could potentially injure your reputation.
- Do not post or send compromising images of yourself that could be leaked, spread around, or used against you in any way.
To Report Cyberbullying:
- Do not respond to the messages
- Tell an adult that you are being cyberbullied
- Keep the message as proof that you were cyberbullied
- Report the offender to the online social network or service provider
- If the message is very serious (e.g. sexual harassment, child pornography, etc.) report the incident to the law enforcement.
- If you are being bullied by somebody in your school, report the incident to the school.
The link below has contact information for a huge amount of social media websites that you can use to report cyberbullying.