OCTOBER is National Cyberbullying Awareness Month.
Parents and kids can stop and prevent cyberbullying together. Check out what you – and your kids – need to know.
The WISH to Stop Cyberbullying begins with you!
What is Cyberbullying?
According to https://www.stopbullying.gov/, cyberbullying is defined as 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 networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Why is Cyberbullying Different?
Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.
- Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
- Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
- Inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures are extremely difficult to delete after they have been posted or sent.
How Can You Prevent Cyberbullying?
Parents and kids can prevent cyberbullying. Together, they can explore safe ways to use technology.
Be Aware of What Your Kids are Doing Online – read more here
Establish Rules about Technology Use – read more here
Understand School Rules – read more here
When cyberbullying happens, it is important to document and report the behavior so it can be addressed.
Steps to Take Immediately – read more here
Report Cyberbullying to Online Service Providers – read more here
Report Cyberbullying to Law Enforcement – read more here
Report Cyberbullying to Schools – read more here