With young people constantly texting, posting and tweeting, there are endless opportunities for them to stay connected and informed. Unfortunately, it also gives bullies new ways to prey on their peers.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of adolescents say they’ve been cyberbullied.
Cyberbullying occurs via the internet and can include harassing texts, social media posts or emails. It is different than regular bullying because technology makes it harder for kids to escape their bully. With technology, bullying can occur any time and even at home.
Children who are cyberbullied are more likely to:
· Use alcohol and drugs
· Skip School
· Experience in-person bullying
· Get poor grades
· Have lower self esteem
· Experience anxiety or depression
· Want to skip school
If your child is being cyberbullied, take these steps.
· Do not respond to or forward cyberbullying messages.
· Keep evidence of cyberbullying, including dates, descriptions and the messages themselves.
· Block the person who is cyberbullying.
· Report cyberbullying to online service providers or social media websites.
· Report cyberbullying to law enforcement when messages are harassing, threatening or inappropriate.
· Report cyberbullying to the school.
As always, have an open discussion with your child about the problem and work with the website, school and/or law enforcement to stop the bullying.
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