Cyberbullying

Aren't we all victims of it?

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when someone bullies someone from behind a screen. They spread rumors, lies, or personal information that can hurt the victim.

Examples of Cyberbullying

Examples of cyberbullying are mean text messages and emails, rumors spread by posting on social networking sites, embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake pictures.

Three differences of cyberbullying and bullying

One way it is different is that it can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can reach him or her even if they're alone. The second way it's different is cyberbullying messages and posts can be posted anonymously and it can be nearly impossible to trace the source. The third way it is different is that deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely after they have been posted or sent.

Effects of Cyberbullying

Effects of cyberbullying include, Drugs and alcohol, skipping school, experience in-person bullying, be unwilling to attend school, and receiving poor grades.

Prevention and awareness

One way adults can better understand what kids are doing online is know the site yours kid or kids visit. A second way is tell your kid or kids that you may look at what they're doing on line. A third way is have a sense of what they do online and in texts. A fourth way is to ask for their passwords. And the fifth way is to encourage your kids to tell you if they're being cyberbullied.

Establishing rules

One way to be safe online is to establish rules about appropriate computer use, cell phone, and other technology. The second way is to help them be smart about what they post or say. The third way is to encourage kids to limit the people that see the post or comment.

Reporting a Cyberbully

Three steps to do immediately if you're being bullied is to report cyberbullying to online service providers, report cyberbullying to law enforcement, and the last thing to do is to report cyberbullying to schools.

Report to your Online Service Provider

Two ways that you can report cyberbullying to your online provider is to report it to the site so they can take action against users abusing the terms and policies, and the second way is too visit the social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.

Report to your local Law Enforcement

Three activities involving cyberbullying that should lead to contacting the Law are, one, threats of violence. Two, child pornography or sending sexual message or photos. And the third one is, stalking and hate crimes.

Report to your school

Two ways schools can help are, the school could use the information to help inform prevention and response strategies, and they can report it to Law Enforcement.