Cyber-bullying

Facts, Prevention, Reporting

What is Cyber-bullying?

Cyber-bullying, by definition, is the use of electronic communication (i.e. phones, computers, tablets, etc.) to bully an individual. This is typically done by sending threats and messages of intimidating nature.

Facts/Statistics/Examples

  1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online.
  2. 68% of teens agree that cyber-bullying is a serious problem.
  3. Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.
  4. About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student.

Prevention

There are a number of ways to prevent cyber-bullying. Such ways include:


  • Be aware of what kids are doing online.
  • Establish rules about technology use.
  • Understand school rules.
  • Keep personal information personal.

Reporting

If you or someone you know is a victim of cyber-bullying, you should:

  • Not respond to and not forward cyber-bullying messages
  • Keep all evidence of cyber-bullying, such as dates, times, and descriptions of incidents.
  • Block the person who is cyber-bullying.
  • Report cyber-bullying to online service providers.
  • Report cyber-bullying to law enforcement.
  • Report cyber-bullying to schools.

Additional Info: Myths

  1. It is believed that youth are more likely to be bullied online than in person, but face-to-face bullying is far more common.
  2. Cyber-bullying is often believed to only occur on social media sites, but can happen anywhere where young people can communicate.
  3. Some believe that youth that go online often are bullied the most, but most who go online are not bullied at all.