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What is Cyberbullying?

Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem affecting almost half of all American teens. Whether youíve been a victim of cyberbullying, know someone who has been cyberbullied, or have even cyberbullied yourself, there are steps you and your friends can take to stop cyberbullying and stay cyber-safe.

How are teens Cyberbullied?

Some youths 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

How do we Prevent Cyberbullying?

         Blocking communication with the cyberbully

         Deleting messages without reading them

         Talking to a friend about the bullying

         Reporting the problem to an Internet service provider or website moderator

         Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages

         Tell friends to stop cyberbullying

         Block communication with cyberbullies

         Report cyberbullying to a trusted adult

         Speaking with other students, as well as teachers and school administrators, to develop     rules against cyberbullying

         Raising awareness of the cyberbullying problem in your community by holding an assembly and creating fliers to give to younger kids or parents

How do I stay Cybersafe?

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 stay cyber-safe:
Never post or share your personal information online (this includes your full name, address, telephone number, school name, parentsí names, credit card number, or social security number) or your friendsí 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.

Other links to Prevent Cyberbullying

  Check out the following resources to learn more about preventing cyberbullying:
http://www.ncpc.org/teens/Cyberbullying.php provides information about stopping cyberbullying before it starts.

  Stop Cyberbullying Before It Starts (PDF) provides useful information for parents.

  http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/ has a fun quiz to rate your online behavior, information about why some people cyberbully, and how to stop yourself from cyberbullying.

  http://www.wiredsafety.com/ provides information about what to do if you are cyberbullied.

  http://www.stopbullyingnow.com/ has information about what you can do to stop bullying.

Courtesy of the National Crime Prevention Counciló              http://www.ncpc.org/media/cyberbullying.php#

 

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