Stop Cyberbullying

Leave bullying to bulls, become human

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronics

Examples of Cyberbullying

  • sending mean texts or e-mails
  • posting embarrassing pictures, or videos of someone
  • creating fake profiles

Three differences between cyberbullying & bullying

  • Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a wide audience.
  • Deleting inappropriate, or harassing messages texts or post is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

Effects of Cyberbullying

  1. Use of alcohol and drugs
  2. Skip school
  3. Experience in-person bullying
  4. Be unwilling to attend school
  5. Have lower self esteem

Prevention & Awareness

  • Be aware of what your kids are doing online
  • Establish rules about technology use
  • Understand school rules
  • Ask for their passwords
  • Encourage your kids to tell them if they or someone they know is being cyberbullied

Establishing Rules

  • Encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they are posting.
  • Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and don't share them with friends.
  • Help them be smart about what they post or say.

Reporting a Cyberbully

  • Don't respond to and don't forward cyberbullying messages.
  • Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record times and dates.
  • Block the person who is cyberbullying.

Report to your online service provider

  • Review their terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities section.
  • Learn how to block users and change settings on how to contact certain users.

Report to your local Law Enforcement

  • Threats of violence
  • Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos
  • Taking a photo or video of someone where he or she should expect privacy

Report to you school

  • The school can use information to help prevention and inform strategies.
  • In many states, schools are required to address cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policy.