Cyberbullying

Katherine Rollins

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is defined as "bullying that takes place using electronic technology." Some examples of electronic technology are smart phones, computers, and tablets. Although cyberbullying can manifest in many different ways, a common thing would have to be using different types of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to make threats or call people mean names. Another example of cyberbullying could be spreading rumors about someone by texting.

What are the effects of cyberbullying?

Many people say that it does not bother them if someone says something hurtful or mean about them. The reality for most people is very different because it is human nature to want to be accepted by peers and it hurts when you are not. Cyberbullying can lead to many problems including using drugs and alcohol, skipping school or not wanting to go to school, low self-esteem, poor grades, and even suicide.
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Tips to prevent cyberbullying

  • Do not keep cyberbullying messages going by sharing them with others.
  • Do not associate with cyberbullies.
  • Do not give others your passwords.
  • Do not put anything online that you wouldn't want your classmates to see, even in email or private messeges.
  • Not send messages when you are angry or upset.
  • Do not say anything about a person online that you would not say in person.