Whats the cost?

The Definition:

noun; the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

So what? Why does this matter to me?

  • Around half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying (You could be part of that half!)
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement (Whereas regular bullying can be dealt with regularly)
  • Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide (How would you feel to be the cause of someones death?)
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Okay... But this hasn't happened at my school?

While this may be true, cyberbullying happens to regular kids every single day.

Take Ryan Halligan for example.

Since he had special needs, his parents decided to sign him up for a website where he could talk to others and increase his motor skills.

This resulted in Ryan telling an embarrassing story. Ryan's slip-up resulted in more people asking Ryan for personal stories so they could use his information to make fun of him.

Ryan hung himself on October 7, 2003.

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Wow... So cyberbullying is pretty serious. What can I do?

  • Don't take part in cyberbullying yourself!
  • Think before you post; is this appropriate?
  • Use privacy settings to your advantage.
  • Stop your friends from cyberbullying.
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What if that doesn't work?

Reporting the bully is always helpful. The site you are on most likely has rules against cyberbullying, so if you block and report the bully, their account could be suspended or deleted entirely.