The truth behind it

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a way for someone to pick on another individual anonymously.

Examples of Cyberbullying.

  1. Mean text messages or emails.
  2. Rumors posted on social media.
  3. Embarrassing videos, pictures, or possibly fake profiles.

Three differences between Cyberbullying and Bullying.

  1. Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he/she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
  2. Cyberbullying messages and pictures can be posted anonymously and spread quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
  3. Deleting inappropriate or hurtful messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

Effects of Cyberbullying

Kids who are cyberbullyied are most likely to:

  1. Skip School
  2. Use alcohol and/or drugs
  3. Have lower self-esteem
  4. Be unwilling to attend school
  5. Have more health related problems

Prevention and Awareness

  1. Adults and talk with their children once in a while to find out what is going on.
  2. They can limit access to social media
  3. They should have the password to the account and check frequently for harassing messages.
  4. Talk to the school about having a cyberbullying lesson each week to help prevent it from happening.
  5. If all else fails then they should take away social media privileges temporarily until the harassment stops.

Establishing Rules

  1. Only add people you know in real life.
  2. Don't reveal any personal information about yourself at anytime.
  3. Don't post embarrassing images of yourself online for others to see because they can resend the images.

Reporting a Cyberbully

  1. Block the user who is cyberbulling you
  2. If you know the bully at school tell the school principal
  3. If the bullying still continues talk to the officer at your school

Report to your Online Service Provider

  1. Tell them what's going on.
  2. Telling them to block the user.

Report to your Local Law Enforcement

  1. If they post personal information about you online.
  2. If they post embarrassing images of you online.
  3. If they threaten to hurt and/or blackmail you.

Report to your school

  1. The school can talk to the student about bullying and can possibly stop them from doing it again.
  2. They can have a talk with the bully's parents.