Cyberbullying

Don't do it! Be good at home and online!

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is being mean through the internet or cell phone.


Examples:

  • Sending someone mean or threatening emails, instant messages, or text messages
  • Excluding someone from an instant messenger buddy list or blocking their email for no reason
  • Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others
  • Breaking into someone's email or instant message account to send cruel or untrue messages while posing as that person
  • Creating websites to make fun of another person such as a classmate or teacher
  • Using websites to rate peers as prettiest, ugliest, etc.

What TO DO if you or someone else is being cyberbullied

  • Report it to an adult or your school
  • If it is a post - report the post on the website
  • Tell the bully to stop
  • Block or delete the bully
  • Don't react to the bully - that is what they want you to do!
  • Keep a record of the incidents that take place

What NOT to do

  • Don't cyberbully back
  • Don't repeat or forward any messages
  • Don't join in with a bully to cyberbully someone else
  • Don't post any pictures (even if it's not mean) without the other person's permission

Stats

  • 43% of kids have been cyberbullied, most more than once
  • 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online
  • 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with
  • Only 1 in 10 victims report the cyberbully

Victims are more likely to..

  • Have low self esteem
  • Have trouble forming relationships in life
  • Be scared of going online
  • Feel unsafe even at home
  • Have problems with depression or anxiety

DON'T BE A CYBERBULLY