Cyberbulling

Cyberbullying affects many teens daily

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bulling is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidting or threatening nature.

Examples of Cyber Bullying

  1. Posting unwanted pictures or messages to social media outlets.
  2. Sending harassing text messages
  3. Creating fake accounts to impersonate someone else
  4. Accessing private files or folders on personal computers

Cyber Bullying is very common

  1. Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
  2. More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
  3. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
  4. Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

Why is Cyber Bullying bad?

  1. Use alcohol and drugs
  2. Skip school
  3. Experience in-person bullying
  4. Perform poorly in school
  5. Have lower self-esteem
  6. Have poorer health

How do you prevent Cyber Bullying

  1. Understand school rules, some schools have policies to prevent Cyber Bullying.
  2. Establish rules on technology use at your house.
  3. Be aware what your kids are doing online.
  4. Educate your kids and peers about consequences.
  5. Teaching kids and peers to respect others and to take a stand against bullying of all kinds.

How do you report Cyber Bullying?

  1. Don't respond to and don't forward cyber bullying messages.
  2. Keep evidence of cyber bullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyber bullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages.
  3. Block the person who is cyber bullying.

Some resources to report are:

  1. To report Cyber Bullying on Facebook go to: https://www.facebook.com/report
  2. For after school Cyber Bullying go to: http://afterschoolapp.com/contact.html