Stop Cyberbullying

Don't bully, it hurt people

What is cyberbullying

Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.

Example of cyberbullying

include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites and embarrassing pictures videos, websites, or fake profile.

Three differences between cyberbullying & bullying

Cyber bullying take place using electronic technology.

Bullying take place at school or outside.

Effects of cyberbullying

Use alcohol and drugs

Skip school

Experiences in person bullying

Be unwilling to attend school

Receive poor grades

Prevention & Awareness

  • Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities. Ask where they’re going, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with.
  • Tell your kids that as a responsible parent you may review their online communications if you think there is reason for concern. Installing parental control filtering software or monitoring programs are one option for monitoring your child’s online behavior, but do not rely solely on these tools.
  • Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use.
  • Ask for their passwords, but tell them you’ll only use them in case of emergency.
  • Ask to “friend” or “follow” your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.
  • Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied. Explain that you will not take away their computers or cell phones if they confide in you about a problem they are having.

Establishing Rules

Be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to be on when they are online. show them how to be safe online.

Tell them not to share anything that hurt or embarrass themselves or other.

Reporting a Cyberbully

  • Don’t respond to and don’t forward cyber bullying messages.
  • Keep evidence of cyber bullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyber bullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyber bullying to web and cell phone service providers.
  • Block the person who is cyber bullying.

Report to your online service provider

Review their terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.

Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change sittings to control who can contact you.

Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.

report to your local law enforcenment

Threats of violence.

Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos.

Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy.

Stalking and hate crimes.

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, school are required to address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy. Some state laws also cover off-campus behavior that creates a hostile school environment.