Stop Cyberbullying

Don't Be Mean Behind The Screen!

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when a child or teen is being tormented or harassed by another teen.

Examples of Cyberbullying

Examples of cyberbullying could be mean text or emails. Even rumors spread through emails or posted on social media as well and also embarrassing pictures or videos.

Three differences between cyberbullying & bullying

Cyberbullying can be done 24 hours of the day and 7 days a week. Day or night any malicious message or picture could be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the source of the cyberbullying in some cases.

Effects of Cyberbullying

  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Skipping school
  • Receive poor grades
  • Low self-esteem & more health problems

Prevention & Awareness

  • Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities.
  • Ask for their passwords, but tell them you’ll only use them in case of emergency.
  • Have a sense of what they do online and in texts learn about the sites they like.
  • 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.

Establishing Rules

  • Be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when they’re online.
  • Help them be smart about what they post or say and tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others.
  • Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and not share them with friends and encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online.

Reporting a Cyberbully

  • Don't respond to and don't forward cyberbullying messages.
  • Keep evidence of cyberbullying by recording the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred, like saving and printing out screenshots, emails, and text messages.
  • Block the person who is cyberbullying

Report to your Online Service Provider

  • 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 to your local Law Enforcement

When to contact law enforcement:

  • Threats of violence like stalking and hate crimes.

  • Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy

  • Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos

Report to your School

Ways school can help with cyberbullying:

  • In many states, schools are required to address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy.
  • The school can also use the information to help inform prevention and response strategies.
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