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Three differences between cyberbullying and bullying
- Can happen 24/7 and can reach a person when he/she is alone.
- Cyberbullying messages and images can be put on the internet or social media anonymously and distributed to a bigger audience.
- Deleting the rude messages, images, videos, or comments is harder afterwards.
Effects of Cyberbullying
Many kids who are victims will do one of the following:
- Skip school
- Use alcohol and drugs
- Receive poor grades
- Have more health problems
- Have a lower self-esteem
Prevention and Awareness
Parents can help in many ways to prevent cyberbullying.
- Make sure to know what websites your kids use and what they do while they are online.
- Ask for passwords and tell them you will only use the password in an emergency.
- Ask to "friend" or "follow" your kids on social media or ask another trusted adult to do so.
- Encourage your children to tell you immediately if they or anybody is being cyberbullied. Explain that you will not take their electronic devices if they are honest with you.
- Learn about the websites your kids visit and familiarize yourself with the website.
Reporting a Cyberbully
- Don't respond to and don't forward cyberbullying messages.
- Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the date, time, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails and text messages.
- Block the person who is cyberbullying you.
Report to your Online Service Provider
Two ways to report cyberbullying to your service provider are:
- Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.
- Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.