Cyberbullying

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What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. It's a way to make people feel bad without seeing their reaction.

Examples of cyberbullying

1. Mean text messages or emails

2. Rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites

3. Embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles

Three differences between cyberbullying and bullying

Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen 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

Use alcohol and drugs
Skip school
Experience in-person bullying
Be unwilling to attend school
Receive poor grades

Prevention and awareness

  • Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities. Ask where they’re going, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with.
  • Tell your kids that as a responsible parent you may review their online communications if you think there is reason for concern. Installing parental control filtering software or monitoring programs are one option for monitoring your child’s online behavior, but do not rely solely on these tools.
  • Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use.
  • Ask for their passwords, but tell them you’ll only use them in case of emergency.
  • Ask to “friend” or “follow” your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.

Establishing Rules

  • Be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when they’re online. Show them how to be safe online.
  • Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others.
  • Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and not share them with friends.

Reporting a cyberbully

  1. Don’t respond to and don’t forward cyberbullying messages.
  2. Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone service providers.
  3. Block the person who is cyberbullying.

Report to your online service provider

  1. Review their terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.
  2. Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.

Report to your local Law Enforcement

  • Threats of violence
  • Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos
  • Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy

Report to your school

  1. Cyberbullying can create a disruptive environment at school and is often related to in-person bullying. The school can use the information to help inform prevention and response strategies.
  2. In many states, schools are required to address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy. Some state laws also cover off-campus behavior that creates a hostile school environment.