Acts Of Kindness

Cyber-Bullying

Someone once said...

"Cyber-bullying is bullying. Hiding behind a pretty screen, doesn't make it less hateful, written words have powers. If you have something mean to say, look in the mirror and say it to yourself. Maybe you'll think twice."

Facts.

  • 25% of teenagers report that they have experienced repetitive bullying on their cellphones and the internet.
  • Over half (52%) of young people report being cyber-bullied.
  • More than half of young people surveyed say that they never tell their parents when cyber bullying happens to them.
  • Victims of cyber bulling are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to consider suicide as a result.

Cyber Bullying is Not Only Hurting, it's Killing

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Ways to Prevent Cyber Bullying

  1. Encourage teens to report incidents of bullying to an adult, but be careful to reassure victims they will not be punished
  2. Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use.
  3. Ask to "friend" or "follow" your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.
  4. Establish rules about appropriate use of computers, cell phones, and other technology.

Dr.Claudio Cerullo an Anti-Bullying Expert and Speaker Says...

"Cyber bullying can be very damaging to adolescents and teens. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide. Also, once things are circulated on the Internet, they may never disappear, resurfacing at later times to renew the pain of cyber bullying."
Cyberbullying: there is a way out!