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What is cyberbullying?

According to USLegal, Cyberbullying refers to any harassment that occurs via the internet, cell phones or other devices. Cyberbullying has become the new version of bullying of this generation. Cyberbullying can be anonymous, which can make it difficult to find the culprit.

The 2013-2014 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that 7% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.

The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 15% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year.

Cyberbullying can lead to:

  • Use alcohol and drugs
  • Skip school
  • Experience in-person bullying
  • Be unwilling to attend school
  • Receive poor grades
  • Have lower self-esteem
  • Have more health problems
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Some examples are...

  • Sending unwanted or harassing texts/I.M.s (instant messages)
  • Spreading rumors of another individual via internet
  • Spreading embarrassing or private pictures of another individual via social networking, email, or texts
  • Creating fake profiles on social networking to harass someone
  • Hacking someone else's account or stealing another individual's identity
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Cyberbullying Demographics

Is your child being cyberbullied, or are they a cyberbully?

Do your children have access to the internet or a phone? They most likely do, because according to the National Crime Prevention Council, about 59% of 13- through 15-year-olds and 74% of 16- and 17-year-olds report that they have cell phones. Of teens that have cell phones, about 60% use text messaging. As a parent, do you monitor everything they do on their devices? 78% of teens report that they have been using the Internet for three years or more; more than half say they have been on the Internet for five or more years. Eight out of ten teens say they used the Internet “yesterday” and 27% used the Internet for more than an hour “yesterday.”

What are the consequences?

Cyberbullying can lead to isolation, depression, bodily harm to oneself, suicide, and even violence.

For the bully, cyberbullying can lead to school consequences such as suspension, the child can lose their ISP or social networking account, criminal charges such as misdemeanor charges or juvenile deliquency can be filed, and serious charges can be filed for hacking and identity theft.

What you can do to prevent this from happening to your child

  • Talk to your child about cyberbullying. Explain what to do if they feel they, or someone they know, are being bullied and how to react to the bully (block or ignore them).
  • Know what your children are up to. Install parental blocks, monitor the websites they visit, establish time limits, ask for their passwords, and befriend or follow them on social networking sites.
  • Discuss their school's policy on technology so they know what is expected inside and outside of the classroom.

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