Bullying is for losers
Three differences between bullying and cyberbullying
Bullying and cyberbullying are expressed in different versions.
- Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen at any time of the day or night.
- Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
- Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.
Effects of Cyberbullying
Victims of cyberbullying are more likely to:
- Use drugs and alcohol
- Skip school
- Experience in-person bullying
- Receive poor grades
- Have lower self-esteem
Reporting a Cyberbully
When being cyberbullied, you should:
- Block the cyberbully
- Save the evidence
- Don't respond to and don't forward cyberbullying messages
Report to your Online Service Provider
If you wish to report your cyberbully, you should:
- Review the site's terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.
- Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.
- Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.
Report to your School
Cyberbullying creates a disruptive environment at school and is often related to in-person bullying. Schools can:
- use information to help inform prevention and response strategies.
- address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy. Some state laws also cover off-campus behavior that creates a hostile school environment.