Stop Cyberbullying

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What is Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying taking place on the internet. When you cyberbully you're being a virtual bully online, you say hurtful things and it follows them home, they're stuck with you and what you say and feel helpless while you taunt and harass them.

Examples of Cyberbullying

  1. Posting hurtful messages on social media
  2. Hacking and posting false information about the user
  3. Recording unauthorized videos and uploading them

Three differences between cyberbullying & bullying

  1. Cyberbullying can happen 24/7, and reach a kid when he or she is alone, day or night.
  2. Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distribute quickly to a very wide audience, nearly impossible to trace the source.
  3. Deleting posts is difficult to obtain and take back.

Effects of cyberbullying

  1. Use of drugs and alcohol
  2. Lower self-esteem
  3. Health problems
  4. Poor grades
  5. Fails to attend school

Prevention & Awareness

  1. Know the sites your child is going on and activities.
  2. Ask what they're doing with whom and where.
  3. Ask to friend or follow the student on social media sites
  4. Ask for their password
  5. Have a sense in what they're doing online and sending through text

Establishing Rules

  • Be smart about what you post and say.
  • Figure out what sites are appropriate.
  • Don't share anything that can hurt or embarrass others.

Reporting a Cyberbully

  • Don't respond or forward any cyberbully message.
  • Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record everything from dates to time pictures or videos.
  • Block the person who is cyberbullying.

Report to your Online Service Provider

  • Review their terms and conditions rights policy and responsibilities.
  • Report cyberbullying to the social media site so that they can take action of user abusing policies.

Report to your local Law Enforcement

  • Threats of violence.
  • Stalking and hate crimes.
  • Taking photos and videos of a person who is unaware and expected privacy.

Report to your School

  • The school can use the information to help inform prevention and response strategy
  • They're required to address cyberbullying in anti-bullying policy. Some cover off campus behavior that creates hostile school environment.
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