Buddies, Not Bullies

Cyberbullying

Jessica Daly

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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. We must take this seriously and it is an ongoing problem. It has the same negative consequences as face-to -face bullying. Cyberbullying can cause a drop in grades, depression, low self-esteem, and a change in interests.

Retrieved from: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying/what-is-cyberbullying

Cyberbullying: there is a way out!

Facts about Cyberbullying...

  • About 21% of teens have been cyberbullied and about 15% admitted to cyberbullying others at some point in their lifetimes.*
  • About one out of every four teens has experienced cyberbullying, and about one out of every six teens has done it to others.*

*Based on research in 2013 from Cyberbulling Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives.

Retrieved from: http://cyberbullying.org/facts

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What are some ways that kids bully online?

  • Sending someone mean text messages, e-mails, or instant messages.
  • Using websites to rate peers based on appearance (prettiest, ugliest).
  • Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others.
  • Posting unwanted pictures or messages to social media outlets.
  • Creating fake accounts to impersonate someone else.

Retrieved from: https://blog.udemy.com/examples-of-cyberbullying/ and http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying/what-is-cyberbullying

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Consequences of being a cyber bully...

"Currently, there are no national laws on the books regarding cyberbullying. However, many states have put anti-cyberbullying laws into effect. These laws vary from state to state, but all agree on what cyberbullying is and the legal ramifications associated with being the bully. Penalties for cyberbullying also vary from state to state."


  • Being suspended from school.
  • Being removed from sports teams and school organizations.
  • Legal consequences and charges may be filed.
  • Charges associated with violations under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Retrieved from: https://nobullying.com/consequences-of-cyberbullying/

What Can We Do To Prevent Cyberbullying?

Parents, Teachers, and Students must:

Educate yourself! Understand what cyberbullying is and ask friends about experiences.


Teachers:

  • Schools can educate the school community about responsible Internet use.
  • Signage also should be posted around campus to remind students of the rules of acceptable use.
  • The school then needs to make it clear to students, parents, and all staff that these behaviors are unacceptable and will be subject to discipline.
Parents:

  • Monitor your child's internet use. Honest and open monitoring is a part of a healthy parent-child relationship.
  • Watch for any sudden or ongoing signs that your child seems anxious, fearful, withdrawn, uninterested in school or being with former friends.

Students:

  • Ignore minor teasing or name calling, and not respond to the bully as that might simply make the problem continue.
  • Stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone.
  • Keep parents in the loop. Tell them what you’re doing online and who you’re doing it with.

Retrieved from: http://cyberbullying.org/Cyberbullying-Identification-Prevention-Response.pdf

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What actions can I take?

What if my child is being cyberbullied?
  • Block the bully from the social media site.
  • Get help from an organization group that can assist with emotional support.
  • Limit the exposure of internet access until the situation is settled. This will reduce the exposure of the bully to your child.

What if I am being cyberbullied?

  • Talk to an adult that you can trust. Telling someone how you feel will make you feel less alone.
  • Walk away and stay away. Do not try to fight the bully.
  • Tell your school counselor or teacher. They can help you talk to your parents if you are scared.

What if my friend is being cyberbullied?

  • Tell an adult that can help you! Sometimes the victim of cyberbullying may not know how to tell an adult. You can help them by getting adult help.
  • Be kind to the kid being bullied. Show them that you care by trying to include them. This will help them feel less alone.

Retrieved from: http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/what-you-can-do/ and https://nobullying.com/consequences-of-cyberbullying/

Think before you post something online!