Is your status more important than their feelings?
Three differences between cyberbullying & bullying
- Bullying is an imbalance of power. When Cyberbullying, there doesn't need to be an imbalance of power. The bully is just hiding behind a screen.
- When someone is being Cyberbullied it's harder to get away from, especially if it's on social media.
- Cyberbullying can also be anonymous. If being bullied at school you're aware of who is doing it. On the web just one click of a button and it could be signed anonymous.
Effects of Cyberbullying:
Use of alcohol & drugs
Low self esteem
Making poor grades
Bad health problems
Prevention and Awareness
Adults should be sure to:
- be aware of what sites your child/ children are visiting
- tell your kids that if you feel any need to look through their online communication you're going to
- ask to "friend" or "follow" your child on social media
- ask for passwords but be sure to tell them that you'll only use them in case of an emergency
- encourage your kids to tell you if they, or some one they know, are being cyberbullied
Reporting a Cyberbully
-Don't respond to and don't forward cyberbulling messages.
-Block a person who is cyberbulling
Report to your School
- Cyberbullying can cause an uncomfortable learning environment and is often related to in-person bullying. Schools can use the information to help inform prevention & response strategies.
- In many states, its required to address Cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy. Some state laws also cover off-campus behavior if it creates a hostile school environment.