Stop Cyberbullying

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What is Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when a group or individual person post or says something online to try and hurt another person or group. Cyberbullying can take place anywhere using electronic technology.

Examples of Cyberbullying

  • Mean text messages or e-mails
  • Rumors sent by e-mail or posted on social networking sites
  • Embarrassing pictures,videos,websites,or fake profiles

Three differences between Cyberbullying and Bullying

  1. Cyberbullying can happen 24/7 and can reach someone even when they are alone at any time of the day or night
  2. Cyberbullying messages or images can posted anonymously and can be distributed very quickly to a wide audience.It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
  3. Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages,texts,and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

Effects of Cyberbullying

  • health problems
  • low self-esteem
  • poor grades
  • alcohol and drug use
  • poor school attendence

Prevention and Awareness

  1. Ask for passwords
  2. Ask to "friend" or "follow" your kids on websites
  3. Encourage your kids to immediately tell if they or someone else is being
  4. Know the sites your kids visit and use
  5. Establish rules about technology use

Establishing Rules

  1. Be careful on what you say and post online
  2. Know who is seeing the things you post
  3. Do not share your password or information with others

Reporting a Cyberbully

  • Report to Online Service Providers
  • Report to Law Enforcement
  • Report to School

Report to your Online Service Provider

  1. Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block and control the people that can contact you
  2. Report to the social media site so they can take action against the people violating the terms of service

Report to your local Law Enforcement

  1. Threats of violence
  2. Stalking or hate crimes
  3. Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or images

Report to your School

  1. The school can use the information to help inform prevention and response strategies
  2. Some state laws cover off campus behavior that creates a hostile school environment