Cyberbullying

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is "when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones."

There are 8 types of cyberbullying.

  1. Gossip- posting or sending cruel things that can ruin a person's reputation with others.
  2. Exclusion- leaving someone out
  3. Impersonation- getting on someone's account(s) and sending messages that could potentially ruin their reputation.
  4. Harassment- sending rude, offensive, insulting messages.
  5. Cyberstalking- posting unwanted or intimidating messages.
  6. Flaming- online fights where offensive messages are posted on websites, social media, etc.
  7. Outing and trickery- tricking someone into revealing secrets or personal things, and then posted.
  8. Cyberthreats- remarks on the internet implying violent behavior.

22 million kids in 2011 experienced cyberbullying.

1 in 4 have said it has happened more than once. 81% of teens say cyberbullying is easier to get away with. 90% of teens that have seen social media bullying happen, leave it alone. Victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide. 4,500 kids commit suicide due to cyberbullying.

Technology

Technology is taking over many things. Almost every teen has some type of phone. 80% of those teens have a social media account. 88% of teens said they have seen bullying happening online. 13% of kids were scared to go to school the next day. 3 million kids skip school because of cyberbullying in a year. Only 16% on online bullies say they feel guilty about what they did.

Warning signs

  • Appearing sad, moody, anxious
  • Avoiding school
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Experienced a drop in grades

How can I prevent cyberbullying?

  • Don't respond or retaliate, that's exactly what they want you to do. Getting back at a bully, makes you one.
  • Reach out for help. It's not a bad thing to want help, especially if it's bothering you.
  • Take action if you see someone else being bullied. Support the person being bullied and help out.

Parents can help.

Know you're lucky if your child asks for help- most kids won't go to their parents, they feel they can handle everything on their own.

Listen to them- the best thing you can do is listen, that way you're able to figure out a helpful an effective way to solve things.

Learn how the social media sites work- once you know how they run, it's easier to prevent things from happening.

Enlighten your kids on the dangers and things of cyberbullying. Also, teach them what to do if they are the victim.