Stop being mean on the screen
Three Differences Between Cyberbullying & Bullying
- Cyberbullying can happen 24/7, and even when the victim is alone.
- Cyberbullying is difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source because it can be posted anonymously and can be distributed to a wide audience very quickly.
- Deleting inappropriate or harassing texts, pictures, and messages is very difficult after they have been sent or posted.
Effects of Cyberbullying
- Have lower self-esteem
- Skip school
- Experience bullying in real life, not just electronically
- Use drugs and/or alcohol
- Have more health problems
Prevention & Awareness
Adults can better understand what kids are doing online by;
- Knowing the sites your kids visit and their online activities
- Having a sense of what they do online and in texts
- Encouraging your kids to tell you if they or someone they know is being cyberbullied
- Asking to "follow" or "friend" them on social media sites or having a trusted adult do so
- Asking them for their passwords, but telling them they'll only use them in an emergency
Reporting a Cyberbully
If you are being cyberbullied,
- Don't respond to or forward cyberbullying messages
- Keep evidence of cyberbullying by recording dates, times, and descriptions of instances when it has occurred. Do this by saving and printing screenshots, emails, and text messages.
- Block the cyberbully