What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is when someone wants to say mean things and hurt peoples feelings over the internet or over the phone.
Examples of Cyberbullying
- Mean text messages.
- Rumors posted on social network.
- Embarrassing pictures and videos posted.
Three Differences Between Cyberbullying & Bullying
- It can happen 24/7.
- Anything can be posted anonymously and sent out quickly.
- It's hard to delete something after it's already been sent.
Effects of Cyberbullying
- Use of drugs/alcohol.
- Skipping school.
- Receive poor grades.
- Have lower self esteem.
- Have more health problems.
Prevention and Awareness
- Be aware of what your child is doing while on there.
- Make rules.
- Help them be smart about what they post.
- Encourage them to not put personal info. out there
- Make sure the passwords are safe.
- Tell kids not to post something that could hurt or embarrass someone.
- Be clear about what sites they can and cannot visit.
- Encourage them to make the page private.
Reporting a cyberbully
- Don't respond to or forward cyberbullying messages.
- Record the date, time, and descriptions of when it occurred.
- Block the person that is doing it.
report to your online service provider
- Visit social media safety centers and learn how to block people.
- Report them on a social media site.
report to local law inforcement
- Threats of violence.
- Stalking or hate crimes.
- Taking a picture of someone where he/she would expect privacy.
report to your school
- The school can use the information to help inform prevention.
- In many states, schools are required to address cyberbullying in their Anti-bullying policy.