2. WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?
Cyberbully is when a child is tormented, threatened,
harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or targeted by
another child using the Internet, mobile phone, or other
type of digital technology.
It has to be a child on both sides. If it is an adult, it is not
considered cyberbullying and is called cyber-harassment
or cyberstalking and is a very serious
crime. Cyberbullying is very serious also, but it doesn't
always break the law. Sometimes it does break the law ,
and even when it doesn't, it is definitely wrong and
children do usually get in trouble with parents or school.
4. Effects Of Cyberbullying
No longer limited to schoolyards or street corners,
modern-day bullying can happen at home as well as
Severe or chronic cyberbullying can leave victims at
greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress-
The punishment for cyber bullies can include being
suspended from school or kicked off of sports teams.
Many of the victim of cyberbullying take a risk to end
the tease of bullies by committed suicide.
5. Many kids and teens who are cyberbullied are reluctant to
tell a teacher or parent, often because they feel ashamed of
the social stigma, or because they fear their computer
privileges will be taken away at home.
The signs that a child is being cyberbullied vary, but a few
things to look for are:
signs of emotional distress during or after using the Internet
or the phone
being very protective or secretive of their digital life
withdrawal from friends and activities
avoidance of school or group gatherings
slipping grades and "acting out" in anger at home
changes in mood, behavior, sleep, or appetite
6. Finding out that your kid is the one who is
behaving inappropriately can be upsetting and
heartbreaking. It's important to address the
problem head on and not wait for it to go away.
Talk to your child firmly about his or her actions
and explain the negative impact it has on others.
Joking and teasing might seem OK, but it can
hurt people's feelings and lead to getting in
trouble. Bullying — in any form — is
unacceptable; there can be serious (and
sometimes irrevocable) consequences at home,
school, and in the community if it continues.
7. Tips to Stop Cyberbullying
• Don’t respond
• Don’t retaliate
• Save the evidence
• Talk to a trusted adult
• Block the bully
• Be civil
• Don’t be a bully
• Be a friend, not a bystander