What is Cyberbullying?

Cyber bullying is when kids/teens are tormented, made vulnerable, humiliated, harassed, hassled, embarrassed, and targeted using e-mail, chat rooms, camera phones, Facebook and other websites or other sources of technology (Only counts as cyber bullying when both the victim and the aggressor are minors)

How Do You Prevent It?

Be Cyber-safe:

  • Never post or share your personal information online (this includes your full name, address, telephone number, school name, parents’ names, credit card number, or Social Security number) or your friends’ personal information.
  • Never share your Internet passwords with anyone, except your parents.
  • Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online.
  • Talk to your parents about what you do online.

How Do You Stop It? / Respond to It?

  • 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.
  • Blocking communication with the cyber bully
  • Deleting messages without reading them
  • Talking to a friend about the bullying
  • Reporting the problem to an Internet service provider or website moderator
  • Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages
  • Tell friends to stop cyberbullying
  • Report cyberbullying to a trusted adult
  • Speaking with other students, as well as teachers and school administrators, to develop rules against cyberbullying

How Do You Report It?

Keep your information specific and detailed. Present your evidence to officials. Be as specific as possible about the cyber bullying and the victim's reaction to it. Tell officials the outcome you want. You may believe the cyber bully deserves a reprimand, the loss of online privileges, and expulsion from school or arrest. If officials downplay or ignore the cyber bullying, calmly explain that you will consult a different authority. ' If a principal or school superintendent fails to act, a local police department may be able to offer help.