Cyberbullying

Definition, Facts, Prevention, and Reporting

Definition

Cyberbullying is using any type of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of threat or intimidating messages.

Facts of Cyberbullying,

  • Over 25% of teens have been bullied through text messages.
  • 9/10 LGBTQ have experienced bullying at school or on social networking sites.
  • Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims or perpetrators of cyberbullying.
  • 64% of teens bullied online have said it has been through Facebook.
  • 10% of teens' parents have been aware that their child is being cyberbullied
  • 15.4% of teens who have been cyberbullied have not gone to school the next day.

Examples of Cyberbullying

  • Posting mean things about someone on a website
  • Making fun of someone in an online chat
  • Sending a mean email or IM to someone
  • Repeatedly texting someone to he point of harassment
  • Starting rumors or spreading gossip

Prevention

  • For parents, they need to be aware of what their kids are doing online. They can do this by going through messages, or installing parental control software for monitoring their child's behavior.
  • Establish rules for technology use for teens.
  • Understand school rules.

Reporting Cyberbullying

  • Don't respond to the bully and don't forward any messages
  • Block the person who is cyberbullying
  • Keep all evidence of the cyberbullying. Be sure to record dates, times, and descriptions of cyberbullying. Save and print screenshots, emails, text messages. Use this evidence to report it to the web and cell phone service providers.
Report to law enforcement if...
  • it is child pornography, or sending sexually explicit messages or photos.
  • Stalking or hate crimes
  • Threats of violence
  • Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where they would expect privacy
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