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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when someone says mean or hateful things about someone online. They can be talking to somebody directly or talking about them to other people.

Examples of Cyberbullying

Mean/hurtful texts or emails, rumors posted on social media, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Three Differences Between Cyberbullying & Bullying

People who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from it than being bullying because:

  1. Cyberbullying can happen all day everyday and even reach someone when they're alone.
  2. Messages and pictures can be posted anonymously and can spread rapidly. It can be very hard, or even impossible to trace the source.
  3. 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:
  1. Use alcohol and drugs
  2. Skip school
  3. Receive bad grades
  4. Have low self-esteem
  5. Have health problems

Prevention & Awareness

Ways parents can better understand what kids are doing online:

  1. Know the sites your kids are on, where they're going, what they're doing, and who they're doing it with.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ask for their passwords, but explain to them that you will only use them in emergencies.
  5. Ask to "follow" or "friend" your child online, or ask a trusted adult to do so.

Establishing Rules

Tips for being safe and smart online:

  1. Be clear on what cites are allowed and not allowed.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Don't respond or forward messages from cyberbully
  2. Keep the evidence of the cyberbullying. Keep up with dates, times, etc.

Report to your Online Service Provider

Ways to report cyberbullying to your online provider:

  1. Visit social media safety centers to find out how to block people and how to chage your profile where you can monitor who can contact you
  2. Report cyberbullying on the social media site so they can take action

Report to your Local Law Enforcement

Activities with cyberbullies that should lead to contacting the law:

  1. Threats of violence
  2. Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages and/or photos
  3. Stalking and hate crimes

Report to your school

Ways that schools should help with cyberbullying:

  1. Schools can use the information to help inform and prevent cyberbullying
  2. Address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy