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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when you hurt or harm someone through the use of technology. The bullying can take place using electronic devices such as computers, cell phones, and tablets. It is done through various communication tools on these devices such as social media websites or apps, email, instant messenger, chat, and sharing of digital images. Cyberbullying presents new challenges in relation to what is considered traditional bullying. Children who are being cyberbullied are often the same children who are being bullied in person as well. However, with cyberbullying it is much harder for them to get away from it. It has the potential to happen 24 hours, 7 days a week. The aggressor can easily conceal their identity, and can attack their victim any time during the day or night. Harassing messages or images can go viral in seconds, and it is often difficult or impossible to find the source and stop it. Once something is posted or shared it is a challenge to fully erase it. Anyone can be a target of cyberbullying.

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Statistics of Cyberbullying

*More than 50% of all young adults and teens have either engaged in or have been victims of cyberbullying
*Only 1 in 6 parents actually know that it has happened to their child
*Girls are more likely to be involved with cyberbullying than boys
*88% of teens have admitted to seeing someone who is mean, hurtful, or cruel to someone else on a social media website
*Over 80% of teens use a cell phone to engage in cyberbullying, making it the most popular type of technology to use
*All races are impacted by cyberbullying
*Cyberbullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and consider suicide
*"Hyper-networking" teens (spend upwards of 3 hours a school day on social networks) are 110% more likely to become a victim of cyberbullying when compared to those that don't

Emma's Story - Cyberbullied by a Best Friend

Effects of Cyberbullying

Technology should not be blamed for the cyberbullying that goes on. These devices can be used for educational purposes, positive connections with friends and family, entertainment, and much more. However, when these devices are used by someone to hurt or harm another person there are very negative effects.

Signs that a child may be the victim of cyberbullying:

*Skipping out on school or classes
*Victim of in-person bullying
*No longer willing to go to school
*Drop in grades
*Lower self-esteem
*Increased health problems
*Start to use alcohol and drugs



There are several ways to prevent cyberbullying from happening. The main thing is to be educated and aware. Do not be afraid to talk to your children about cyberbullying. Know the websites that your children are accessing. Let them know that you are a responsible parent, and you will check all of their online communications if you deem necessary. Also, encourage your children to always tell you when they are, or if they see someone else that is a victim of cyberbullying. When preventing cyberbullying from happening it is also important to establish rules and procedures for technology use. The rules need to be explicit and clear. It is essential to communicate to children that they need to be smart about what they post or say. They also have to make sure that their passwords are always secure and kept private. It is also important to ask about school policies and terms of use for technology. That may cause a change in the way the child uses technology in and out of the classroom.

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The number one thing to do when cyberbullying occurs is to report and document it. This is the best way to ensure that it can then be addressed accordingly.

What to do first:
*Do not respond to or spread the cyberbullying messages or digital images
*Keep all evidence
*Block the aggressor

Report to Online Providers:
*Review their specific terms and conditions
*Learn how to block and change settings on who can contact you through social media websites
*Report cyberbullying to the social media website so that they can address the user accordingly

Report to Law Enforcement if:
*Threats are violent
*Sexually explicit digital images or messages are shared
*Photo or video is taken of someone in a place that privacy would be expected
*Stalking or hate crimes

Report to School:
*The school can use the information to come up with appropriate response strategies and ways to prevent it from happening again
*Several states are required by law to respond to cyberbullying according to their anti-bullying policy; this can sometimes include off-campus actions