C y b e r b u l l y i n g

What is C y b e r b u l l y i n g ?

Watch the video on the web site NS Teens - Cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying involves using the Internet, cell phones, or other digital communication devices to damage their victim's reputation and friendships.

What do bullies do?
  • Spread rumors or posting false or private information
  • Get other people to post or send hurtful messages
  • Excluding someone from an online group

Why do kids cyberbully?

  • To deal with their own anger
  • To seek revenge
  • To make themselves appear better than their peers
  • For entertainment
  • For the pleasure of tormenting others
  • Because they can

How do you avoid bullies online?
  • Don't give out private information
    • Passwords or Pins (even to your friends--they might reveal it or use it against you in a fight)
    • Name, address, or phone number
    • School name or family and friends' names
  • Don't exchange pictu res or give out email addresses to people you meet on the Internet
  • Don't send a message when you are angry--it's hard to undo things that are said in anger
  • Delete messages from people you don't know, or those from people who seem angry or mean
  • When something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. Get out tof the site, chat, etc.
  • Realize that online conversation are not private. Others can copy, print, and share what you say or any pictures you send.
What do you do if you are being cyberbullied?

  • Tell an adult you trust - a parent, teacher, relative, or school guidance counselor.
  • Save the evidence. Print copies of the instant messages, e-mails or discussion board posts. If the cyberbully sends text messages or images to your phone, do not delete them.
  • DO NOT respond to the cyberbully. In many cases, your response may only encourage them.
  • Try blocking communications from the cyberbully. This may not be effective, though, if the person assumes a new identity. In that case, try changing your e-mail address, screen name, and/or phone number.
  • If the cyberbully threatens to hurt you, let someone know right away. Tell a parent, teacher, or the police.

Be Safe, Be Secure, Be Smart ... Be in Control!

Visit the following websites:
Stop Bullying sponsored by the U.S. Government
NS Teens - Terrible Text Video

Report any Cyberbulling to the following safe and confidential website:
The Cyber Tip Line The National Center for Exploited and Missing Children