What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that take place using electronic devices and over social media.

Examples of Cyberbullying

1. Mean text messages or emails

2. Rumors sent by email or posted on social media

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

3 Differences between Cyberbullying and Bullying

Cyberbullying can continue after school.

Cyberbullying has a more psychological than physical effect.

Mean messages can be posted anonymously and spread quickly to a large audience.

Effects of Cyberbullying

1. Use of alcohol and drugs

2. Skipping school

3. Receive poor grades

4. Have low self-esteem

5. Have more health problems

Prevention and Awareness

1. Establish rules about technology use

2. Ask for their passwords

3. Know what sites your kids use

4. Encourage your kids to tell you if there is a cyberbullying incident.

5. Learn about their school's technology rules

Establishing Rules

1. Keep your passwords safe and don't share them

2. Think about who is going to see your info and whether or not you want them to

3. Be clear what about sites your kids can and cannot visit

Reporting a Cyberbully

1. Block the person who is cyberbullying you

2. Don't respond to and don't forward cyberbullying messages

3. Keep evidence of cyberbullying

Report to your Online Service Provider

1. Report cyberbullying to your social media site on which it occurs

2. Visit online safety centers to learn how to block the bully

Report to your School

1. In many states, schools are have to address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy.

2. Cyberbullying can create a disruptive environment at school and is often related to in-person bullying.

Report to your local Law Enforcement

1. Threats of Violence

2. Child pornography or sending of sexually explicit content

3. Stalking or hate crimes