Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. But these tools can be used to hurt people. Wether done in person or through technology, effects of bullying are similar.
Kids who are cyberbullied are most likely to:
* Use alcohol or drugs.
* Skip School.
* Experience in-person bullying.
* Be unwilling to attend school.
* Recieve poor grades.
* Have lower self-esteem
* Have more health problems.
Top Ten Tips For Teens:
1. Educate Yourself.
2. Protect Your Password.
3. Keep Photos "PG."
4. Never Open Unidentified or Unsolicited Messages.
5. Log Out of Online Accounts.
6. Pause Before You Post.
7. Raise Awareness.
8. Set Privacy Controls.
9. Google Yourself.
10. Don't Be A Cyberbully Yourself.
Reporting Cyberbullying: Do Not Respond To The Bully
This is the most difficult step to take, but it's absolutely essential. Although schoolyard bullies will sometimes leave their victims alone, if the victims can fight back, this tactic always backfires for cyberbullies of all ages. They crave fear or other negative reactions from their victims. Deny them your response and they may get board and pick on someone else.