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Cyber Bullying

 

Kids and teens no longer need muscles to bully and torment their peers. Some young people use Web sites, cell phones, instant messaging, chat rooms, blogs and social networking sites as options to harass, threaten and ridicule their peers. What may start as a joke can become very serious once launched into Cyber-Space. The impact on the victim can be devastating and even tragic. In participating in these actions, the bully may have committed a crime, exposed his or her parents to liability or even possibly damaged his or her own prospects for getting into college or landing a job.

Listed below are some resources that can help protect against Cyber-Bullying and online predators, who are still out there looking to target young people.

Identifying Cyber-Bullying

If you're still unsure about what constitutes Cyber-Bullying, read some of the following examples to give you a better understanding of how the Internet can be used as a tool for intimidation and harassment:

  • Sending mean text messages or emails,
  • Spreading rumors by email or posted on social networking sites,
  • Posting and/or creating embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles**

** From www.StopBullying.gov

How to Stop Cyber-Bullying

Here are a few things you can do if you are the victim of Cyber-Bullying:

  • Don't respond to and don't forward cyberbullying messages.
  • Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. 
  • Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone service providers.
  • Block the person who is cyberbullying.**

** From www.StopBullying.gov

Stand for the Silent

SFTS Story
SFTS Pledge

Megan Pledge (from STOPCyberBullying.org)

The Megan Pledge Overview
The Megan Pledge
The Megan Pledge Ribbon Instructions
The Megan Meier Foundation