Stomp Out Cyberbullying

Libby Lourwood

What is Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Such as saying mean, hurtful things or even embarrassing photos or fake things about them through Text Messages, Social Media, Chat Rooms, Email, ect.

The Facts

  1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online.
  2. 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online.
  3. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online.
  4. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.

Statistics

  • Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim
  • 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission.
  • 4 out 10 kids say they have been told hurtful things more than once online.
  • Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.

Examples

  • Humiliation – bullies will use cyber bullying to spread rumors and with intentions of hurting the persons reputation.
  • Flaming – a very hostile and rude form of abuse where the bully uses vulgar and abusive language, wanting to start a fight with the person.
  • Harassing – harassing is the sending of insulting, threatening and harassing messages through the internet or cell phones. The messages are sent constantly.
  • Use of Photos and images – bullies will post embarrassing photos of the person all over the internet to hurt and humiliate them. Most often the photos and images are fake and altered to portray the person.

How to Prevent it

Make your accounts private- You control who sees your posts.

Think before you post- Would you want your grandma to see this or some creepy guy?

Keep your secret information secret- Don't share personal things like your phone number, address, school, passwords.

Speak out- If you friends are cyberbullies, talk to them about it and tell them how much they are hurting people. If your friend is a victim of cyberbullying don't just sit there and do nothing! Reach out to them and talk to an adult.

Report it!

  • Don't reply or forward it.
  • Keep the evidence; take a screenshot, write down the username, save the time and date.
  • Report the message and the user and block them.
  • Tell an adult.

Where to go fore help

STOPit App - Reporting App

Cyberbullying Hotline - 1-800-420-1479 - Website

Suicide Hotline - 1-800-273-8255 - Website