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Three differences between cyberbullying and bullying.
- Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
- Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to track the source.
- Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.
Effects of Cyberbullying
Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to:
- Receive poor grades
- Use alcohol and drugs
- Have lower self-esteem
- Have more health problems
- Be unwilling to attend school
Prevention and Awareness
- Know the sites their kids are on and their online activities.
- Have a sense of what they do online and in texts.
- Ask for passwords and tell them you'll only use it in case of emergency.
- Ask to friend or follow their kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.
- Tell kids as a responsible parent you may review their online communications if you think there is a reason for concern. Installing parental control filtering software or monitoring programs are one option for monitoring your child's online behavior, but don't rely solely on these tools.
- Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others
- Encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online. Think about people who aren't friends could use it.
- Tell them to keep their password safe and not share them with friends. Sharing passwords can compromise their control over their online identities and activities.
Reporting a Cyberbully
- Don't respond or forward cyberbullying messages.
- Block the person who is cyberbullying.
- Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred.
Report to your School
- Cyberbullying can create a disruptive environment at school and is often related to in person bullying. The school can use the information to help inform prevention and response strategies.
- In many states, schools are required to address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy. Some state laws also cover off-campus behavior that creates a hostile school environment.