There are 8 types of cyberbullying.
- Gossip- posting or sending cruel things that can ruin a person's reputation with others.
- Exclusion- leaving someone out
- Impersonation- getting on someone's account(s) and sending messages that could potentially ruin their reputation.
- Harassment- sending rude, offensive, insulting messages.
- Cyberstalking- posting unwanted or intimidating messages.
- Flaming- online fights where offensive messages are posted on websites, social media, etc.
- Outing and trickery- tricking someone into revealing secrets or personal things, and then posted.
- Cyberthreats- remarks on the internet implying violent behavior.
22 million kids in 2011 experienced cyberbullying.
- 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.
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.
Megan and her old friend were having difficulties in their friendship. Megan met a boy on MySpace that she really thought liked her, after her years of struggles with self esteem and her weight, and questioned if her friend was telling him mean things about her. The boy started saying that the world would be a better place without her. On her 14th birthday, her mom took away her computer. An hour later, she hung herself, just three weeks away from her 14th birthday. The aftermath was hard on the family. Come to find out a while later, the boy's MySpace page was fake. It was made my a family that lived on the same street. Megan's old friend and her mom were the ones to make this account.
Ryan required special education services up until 4th grade. He was always bullied at school because he was a little slower than the other kids. He found a "new friend" and shared a personal story with them. That was later used to start a rumor that he was gay. He met a girl through AIM. The girl and her friends thought it would be funny to make him think that a girl liked him, so he would share more personal stories. Those were forwarded later on. On October 7th, 2003, (13) he hung himself in the bathroom.
Sarah Lynn Butler
Sarah was a 7th grader who was constantly teased at school and would get cruel messages on MySpace. Her mom noticed some rude things being said about her daughter, but ended up deleting that person off her page. When her parents went out, she logged onto MySpace and saw what people had said about her, no one would miss her if she was gone, she's easily forgotten, etc. She hung herself later that day and the note she wrote to her parents said "I couldn't handle what others were saying about me."