By: Sami Dramse
Using the internet appropriately and responsibly
Cyberbullying is using the internet to harm someone physically or mentally. Many teens now a days experience it. In 2014, according to nobullying.com, 25% of teens have experienced repetitive bullying on their phones and through the internet and reported it. 55% of all teens you use social media have witnessed outright bullying via social media.
Cyberbullying happens all the time. You can't stop it, but you can do things to prevent it. connectsafely.org has some great tips to help stop cyberbullying. Some include don't respond, save the evidence, tell the person to stop, reach out for help, and protect your account. There are many more.
Internet Safety is very important now a days. Someone can find out your full name, you age, your birthday, where you live and a lot more stuff by just things you post online. Sometimes you don't even have to say it for them to find out. They can figure out your parents, cousins, friends, or what school you go to. The possibilities are endless.
There are many guidelines that you can follow to not give out personal information. First of all just because it is in a "private conversation" doesn't mean it's always private. Don't give out any information because you are talking to someone and they make you feel safe. Don't send pictures of your face to someone you are talking to over the internet that you don't know. DO NOT MEET SOMEONE YOU MET ONLINE OFFLINE. Also, remember that people always don't say who they really are.