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Three Differences Between Cyberbullying & Bullying
People who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from it than being bullying because:
- Cyberbullying can happen all day everyday and even reach someone when they're alone.
- Messages and pictures can be posted anonymously and can spread rapidly. It can be very hard, or even impossible to trace the source.
- Deleting embarrassing pictures, inappropriate and harrassing texts, and messages can be very, very difficult after being sent or posted.
Effects of Cyberbullying
The victim of cyberbullying is more likely to:
- Use alcohol and drugs
- Skip school
- Receive bad grades
- Have low self-esteem
- Have health problems
Prevention & Awareness
Ways parents can better understand what kids are doing online:
- Know the sites your kids are on, where they're going, what they're doing, and who they're doing it with.
- Tell your kids that, as a responsible parent, you should be able to check what they're doing online if you deem it necessary because you're concerned.
- Have somewhat of a sense of what they do online. Learn about the sites that they're on. try out the devices that they use.
- Ask for their passwords, but explain to them that you will only use them in emergencies.
- Ask to "follow" or "friend" your child online, or ask a trusted adult to do so.
Tips for being safe and smart online:
- Be clear on what cites are allowed and not allowed.
- Be smart about what you post or say online, because once it's online it's out of your control whether someone else send it somewhere or not.
- Think about who you want seeing what you post. Strangers? Real friends? Friends of friends? Think about how people who aren't your friends could use it.
Reporting a Cyberbully
Immediate steps to take when being cyberbullied:
- Don't respond or forward messages from cyberbully
- Keep the evidence of the cyberbullying. Keep up with dates, times, etc.
- BLOCK THE CYBERBULLY