Stomping out Cyberbullying

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What exactly is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying occurs when either an individual or a group uses cell phones, the Internet, social media, etc. to harass, torment, and target another individual.

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Cyberbullying affects all types of people.

Although cyberbullying affects all sorts of people, certain groups are at higher risk for cyberbullying and other forms of bullying. For example, 9 out of 10 LGBT teens reported being harassed or bullied within the past year.

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Cyberbullying is often a two-way street.

34% of teens who have had any involvement with cyberbullying have been both a victim and a bully. Many times the bully themself cyberbullies because of the insecurities they felt after they were a victim of cyberbullying.

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Did you know?

Cyberbullying is increasingly common: over 1 in 3 young people has been cyberbullied at least once.

How can you stop cyberbullying?

There are many ways that you can help stop cyberbullying, but here are two ways to help you make an impact in your school and community.

  • Report the cyberbullying to a trusted adult like a parent, teacher, or counselor. They can help you deal with the situation and talk to both the bully and victim. Telling is not tattling: it will help the victim.
  • Be a friend to someone who has been cyberbullied. If you know someone that has been cyberbullied, hang out with them to make them feel welcome and appreciated. Something as simple as offering to sit next to them during lunch can brighten their day even if they're dealing with bullies.

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