What Parents And Teachers Can Do To Prevent Cyberbullying

We have all heard stories and read statistics about cyberbullying at home and on school campuses.

According to Cyberbullying Statistics:

~Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online.

~More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats.

~Over 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied  repeatedly or through their cell phones or the internet.

~Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyberbullying occurs.

Some TIPS on how can parents and teachers prevent bullying..

* Be aware of what kids are doing online?

* Become familiar with warning signs that your child or student is a victim of cyberbullying.

* Talk to your child or student about what is happening.

* Talk to your child or student about who is involved in the bullying.

* Document or keep records of everything happening.

* Intervene and/or get help for the victim(s) being bullied.

* Reach out to the bully to express your concern.

Cyberbullying is rarely limited to one or two incidents so teachers and parents will likely need to be as persistent as the bully in terms of documenting, blocking, and/or reporting what is happening online.  Consider involving counselors, mental health professionals, and law enforcement if needed. No one should ever have to put up with cyberbullying!

What Is Cyberbullying?

The dictionary defines cyberbullying as the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

According to stopbullying.gov, “Cyberbullying generally takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets.  Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, text, apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming.  Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.  It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.  Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.”

 ~ Cyberbullies come in all shapes and sizes.

Cyberbullies are persistent in sending negative communication

Cyberbullies may threaten, intimidate, and taunt their victim(s)

~ Cyberbullies may cause mental or physical harm to the victim(s)

~ Cyberbullies may never reveal their true identity

Cyberbullying can occur anywhere including school and home. Cyberbullying makes the victim(s) feel sad, angry, anxious, depressed, worthless, isolated and even suicidal.

Cyberbullying can be a 24/7 nightmare for the victim.

Cyberbullying can be witnessed by thousands of people online.

What cyberbullies tend to forget is what they put online, both about themselves and their victim(s) is permanent and can often be traced to the source.  When cyberbullying becomes criminal behavior, law enforcement gets involved.