Stop Cyberbullying


What is cyberbullying?

Cyber-bullying to me is the willful intent to discourage someone using technology. Cyberbullies are people that want to make you feel bad about yourself.

Examples of cyberbullying

  • Mean text messages
  • Rumors posted on social networking sites
  • Embarrassing pictures or videos

Three differences between cyberbullying and bullying

  1. It can happen at any time even when the kid is alone
  2. Pictures or posts can be posted anonymously and spread very quickly
  3. Deleting inappropriate things can be almost impossible once they have been posted

Effects of cyberbullying

  1. Use of alcohol or drugs
  2. Skip school
  3. Experience in-person bullying
  4. Be unwilling to attend school
  5. Receive poor grades

Prevention & Awareness

  1. Know the sites your kid visits.
  2. Tell your kids that you may review what they're doing online
  3. Have a sense of what they do online and in texts
  4. Ask for their passwords
  5. Ask to friend or follow your kids on social media

Establishing rules

  1. Tell them what sites they can visit and which ones to stay away from
  2. Tell them not to share anything that could embarrass them or anyone else
  3. Tell your kids to keep passwords safe and don't share them with anyone else

Reporting a cyberbully

  1. Don't respond to and don't forward cyberbully messages
  2. Keep evidence of cyberbullying
  3. Block the person who is cyberbullying

Report to your online service provider

  1. Report cyberbullying to their social media page
  2. Review their terms and conditions

Report to your local law enforcement

  1. Threats of violence
  2. Stalking and hate crimes
  3. Taking a photo or video of someone where they would expect privacy

Report to your school

  1. The school can gather info to prevent cyberbullying
  2. Schools are required to address cyberbullying in anti-bullying policy