Cyberbullying

Written by Jo Langford, M.A.

Cyberbullying is defined as embarrassing, harassing, threatening, or attacking someone via the internet or technology: this includes phones, computers, and tablets as well as social media sites, text messages, chat groups, apps, and websites. Read below to learn some important tips and tools to help you avoid being part of, or the target of cyberbullying.

Remember to Stop it, Block it, and Report it!




Social Media
  • Do not post or say things online that you would not in person.
  • Assume that anything you share on social media can be shared with everyone including teachers, grandparents, police, or classmates.
  • Don’t forward other people’s personal or private messages or pictures, or pass on or repost any evidence of anyone else’s humiliation.
  • Block all individuals posting or participating in rude or threatening messages on your phone or social media accounts.
  • Report threats or vicious, untrue, or cruel messages to a caregiver, teacher, or other trusted adult that you know.
Screen Time
  • The anonymity that screens SEEM to give can make cyberbullying very tempting.
  • With the internet comes responsibility, and doing your part to stop cyberbullying helps everyone.
  • Educate yourself and others about the effects of cyberbullying.
Gaming
  • Pay attention to how your friends treat people online as well, and say something when/if they cross the line.
  • Do NOT ever contribute to any particular person’s death by encouraging anyone to die or hurt themselves.
  • Do not reciprocate when others behave negatively. Remove yourself from the situation if you become too angry.