Delete Cyber-bullying. Don't write it, don't forward it.
What is Cyber-bullying ?
Cyber-bullying is when people get harassed or bullied over the internet. It is usually done by students in school who aren't comfortable with themselves. Cyber-bullying is easier to do than face-to-face bullying because you don't have to physically confront someone. When you get to hide behind a computer screen you tend to get a little more comfortable with hurting people with your words.
Three Differences Between Cyber-bullying and Bullying
- Cyber-bullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
- Cyber-bullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
- Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.
Effects of Cyber-bullying
- May cause use of drugs and alcohol
- Skip school
- Experience in-person bullying
- Be unwilling to attend school
- Receive poor grades
- Have lower self-esteem
- Have more health problems
Prevention and Awareness
- Parents can restrict certain websites
- Parents can monitor internet usage
- Tell an adult the very first time you are cyber-bullied
- Be over kids social media accounts
- Stay up to date with technology
Reporting a Cyber-bully
- Immediately notify an adult
- Block the bully from your online profile or email list
- Change passwords to prevent being hacked