Cyberbulling is invading our lives!

Valerie Carrasco-Diaz

What is cyberbulling?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic devices, like a cell phone, computer and tablet. That's not including the many communication tools that exist out there now which includes, text messages, chat, social media sites and other websites, just to name a few,


Some examples of cyberbullying could include from rumors sent by email or posted on social media sites, mean text messages or emails, embarrassing pictures, videos, websites and even fake profiles.


FACTS:

  • Children that are cyberbullied are also being bullied in person as well.
  • Cyberbullying happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Cyberbullying images and messages can be posted anonymously and can be very difficult to trace the source
  • After being posted or sent, whether it is harassing messages, pictures, or texts can result in making them difficult in deleting them.


Consequences:

  • Experiencing in-person bullying
  • Being unwilling to attend school
  • Skip school
  • Use alcohol and drugs
  • Receive poor grades
  • Have lower self-esteem
  • Have more health problems



Why is it important to put a stop to Cyberbullying?


Kids who are bullied almost always present these signs: Anxiety, Depression, Increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in eating and sleep patterns and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. Also their academic achievements are affected as well as school participation. The most important reason to stop cyberbullying would be because of the thought and risk of suicide. This risk can be more if parents, peers and schools are not supportive. So think about twice before you keep it to yourself!
Stand Up to Cyberbullying

Prevention and Reporting Cyberbullying

Prevention

Always beware of what your kids are doing online! As parents, you should talk to your kids about using the Internet and issues that come up at times. Tell them it is not always fun and games. Let them know that you are keeping track of all the sites they may be using. Kids are really quick at learning how to use technology but it is your responsibility to be aware. Some things you can do to prevent any issues are:


  • Know and keep track of sites your kids are using

  • Install parental control filtering

  • Allow them certain times to get online

  • Ask for passwords or make them their own so that you may have access to them

  • Request a "friend" or "follow" your own kids on social media

  • Encourage to speak up if they themselves or a friend is being cyberbullied.

  • Establish rules when using technology

  • Be clear about what websites can be used

  • Help your kids be safe about what they say and post

  • Tell your kids not to post anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or someone else

  • Help them decide who can be a friend or see their posts

  • Tell your kids not to share passwords and keep them safe!


Report

Please if you know, if you see it, or you heard of it don't hesitate and tell someone. You could save their life!


These are some of the things you can do when it is occurring and/or to report cyberbullying.


Immediate steps following an offense:

  • Block the person who is cyberbullying

  • Keep the evidence of cyberbullying

  • Don't respond or forward any messages

  • Report cyberbullying to the social media


Report to Law Enforcement:

  • Report threats of violence

  • Report child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos

  • Taking a photo or video of someone in a place in privacy

  • Stalking and hate crimes


Report to School Staff:

  • Address in their anti-bullying policy

  • Talk it out, don't keep it to yourself

  • Teachers be on the lookout if you see anything suspicious

I am here to help!

I am here to help with any issue your son or daughter may have at school or home. Contact me now! I am open between the hours of 10:30am-11:15am or after school.
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BULLY FREE- Thelma Richardson School in Dallas is taking a stand!

Thelma Richardson's Little Kid Rock, have presented us with this wonderful video clip about bullying. It shows us how and things that can happen to you when you get bullied. Our wonderful students and staff who participated want you to know that this is a free bully environment! We say NO to any type of bullying! I hope you enjoy it :)

Bully Free (short version)

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