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Three differences between cyberbullying and bullying
- Cyberbullying offers protection for the bully because they can hide behind the medium they are using to harass their victim, usually anonymously.
- Cyberbullying can happen anywhere or anytime, while traditional bullying has to be where contact can be made. This makes it almost impossible for the victim to escape the attacks of the bully.
- While traditional bullying occurs in front of a relatively small audience, cyberbullying has the potential to occur in front of anyone who wishes to see it.
Effects of cyberbullying
- Using alcohol or drugs
- skipping school
- Having low self-esteem
- Having health issues
Prevention and awareness
- Parents should know the sites their children are on and who they're interacting with
- Parents should review their children's online communication
- Parents need to know how to operate the technology their children use
- Parents should have their children's passwords, but only use them if needed
- Parents should follow their children on social media to monitor what they're doing
Reporting a cyberbully
- Don't respond or forward cyberbully messages
- Keep evidence of cyberbullying
- Block the bully from being able to contact you or see your posts