Stop Cyberbullying

LET'S PUT A END TO IT NOW

WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?

Cyberbullying is an individual or group of people that send mean text messages or post to harm a another individual.

EXAMPLES OF CYBERBULLYING

Mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles

THREE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CYBERBULLYING AND BULLYING

  • Cyberbullying can happen between 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when 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
  • Receive poor grades
  • Have more health problems
  • Have lower self-esteem

PREVENTION AND AWARENESS

  • Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities. Ask where they are going, what they're doing, and who they're doing it with.
  • Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the websites 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
  • Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied. Explain that you will not take away their computers or cell phones if they confide in you about a problem they are having.

ESTABLISHING RULES

  • Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others.
  • Encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online.
  • Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and don't share them with their friends.

REPORTING A CYBERBULLY

  • Do not respond to and do not forward cyberbullying messages.
  • Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record dates, times and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages.
  • Block the person who is cyberbullying.

REPORT TO YOUR ONLINE SERVICE PROVIDER

  • Review terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.
  • Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.
  • Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.

REPORT TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • Threats of violence
  • Stalking and hate crimes
  • Sending sexually explicit messages or photos

REPORT TO YOUR SCHOOL

  • The school can use the information to help inform prevention and response strategies.
  • In many states, schools are required to address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy.