Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying 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 e-mails, rumors sent by e-mail or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Look below to see what stopbullying.gov has to say about cyberbullying. 
Prevent Cyberbullying:
  • Be aware of what your kids are doing online.
    • Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities. Ask where they're going, what they're doing, and who they're doing it with. 
    • Have a sense of what they do online and in text messages. Learn about the sites they use. Try out the devices they use. 
    • Ask to friend or follow your kids on social media sites or ask another trusted adult to do so.
    • Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied. Explain that you will not take away their computers or cell phones if they confide in you about a problem they are having. 
  • Establish rules about technology use.
    • Establish rules about appropriate use of computers, cell phones, and other technology. Be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when  they're online. Show them how to be safe online. 
    • Help them to be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others. 
    • Encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online. Ask them how they think people who are not their friends could use this information.
    • Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and not share them with friends. Sharing passwords can compromise their control over their online identities and activities.
  • Understand school rules
    • Some schools have developed policies on uses of technology that may affect the child's online behavior in and out of the classroom. Ask the school if they have developed a policy. 

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