What is 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
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 Cyberbullying is Different
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.
- Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is
extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.
How Are Teens
Being a victim of cyberbullying can be a common and
painful experience. Some youth who cyberbully
- Pretend they are other people online to trick others
- Spread lies and rumors about victims
- Trick people into revealing personal information
- Send or forward mean text messages
- Post pictures of victims without their consent
When teens were asked why they think others cyberbully, 81 percent said
that cyberbullies think it’s funny. Other teens believe that youth who
Do not think it's a big deal
- Don’t think about the consequences
- Are encouraged by friends
Think everybody cyberbullies
- Think they won’t get caught
Can I Prevent Cyberbullying?
Teens have figured out ways to prevent cyberbullying.
Follow in the footsteps of other quick-thinking teens and
- Refuse to
pass along cyberbullying messages
- Tell friends
to stop cyberbullying
communication with cyberbullies
cyberbullying to a trusted adult
You can also help prevent cyberbullying by
with other students, as well as teachers and school administrators, to develop
rules against cyberbullying
awareness of the cyberbullying problem in your community by holding an assembly
and creating fliers to give to younger kids or parents
NCPC's anti-cyberbullying message with friends
Don't forget that even though you can't see a cyberbully
or the bully's victim, cyberbullying causes real problems. If you wouldn't say
it in person, don't say it online. Delete cyberbullying. Don't write it. Don't
What Else Can I Do To Stay Cyber-safe?
Remember that the Internet is accessed by millions of
people all over the world, not just your friends and family. While many
Internet users are friendly, some may want to hurt you. Below are some ways to
- 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.