Think About Others (TAO)
Three differences between Cyberbullying & bullying
- It can happen anywhere at anytime.
- It can be hard to track down who did it.
- It is harder to delete inappropriate images and messages after millions of people have seen them.
Effects of Cyberbullying
- Use alcohol & drugs.
- Skip school.
- Receive poor grades.
- Have lower self-esteem.
- Have more health problems.
Prevention & Awareness
- Ask for their password, but tell them you will use it in case of an emergency.
- Ask to "friend" or "follow" your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.
- 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.
- Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use.
- 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.
Reporting a Cyberbully
- Report to your Online Service Provider.
- Report to your local Law Enforcement.
- Report to your School.