Don't Be Mean Behind The Screen!
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.
- 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