Know the Facts:
Girls are twice as likely to be cyberbullies or victims of cyberbullying.
Unlike face-to-face bullying, 81% of young people think cyberbullying is easier to get away with because perpetrators are able to avoid confrontation.
Cyberbullying doesn't stop in with school, it happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly which opens them up to being bullied.
Understand the Effects of Cyberbullying
- Victims experience low self-esteem, self-loathing, and shame which interferes with them reaching out for help
- Victims sometimes isolate themselves and avoid school
- Cyberbullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide
Don't be a Bystander
- Educate yourself and others about cyberbulling and it's effects
- Utilize the privacy setting on any media platforms you use to avoid unwanted attention
- Speak out against any and all forms of bullying
- Step in and call out any form of bullying you see online
- Screen shot any instances of cyberbullying you encounter, even if it is not directed at you, and share them with a trusted adult
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