Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology.

Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social network sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Spot it: A child who is being cyberbullied may

  • Avoid using computers, cell phones and other technological devices
  • Appear stressed when receiving an e-mail, instant message, or text
  • Withdrawn from families and friends
  • Act reluctant to attend school and social events
  • Exhibit signs of low self esteem including depression or fear
  • Have declining grades
  • Stop eating or sleeping

Deal with it: If you child is being cyberbullied, teach them to

  • Not respond
  • Save the evidence
  • Report it to the website, and/or your internet service provider

Talk about it: Ask your child

  • Has anyone been mean to you online?  How did you respond?
  • Have you ever been mean to anyone online?  Why?
  • Is it okay to foward a text message making fun of someone?  Why or why not?
  • Do you know your school's policy on bullying?
  • Which teacher would you talk to if you were being bullied?

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