Bullying does not always happen in person. Cyberbullying is a type of bullying that happens online or through text messages or emails. There are things you can do to protect yourself.
◦Always think about what you post. You never know what someone will forward. Being kind to others online will help to keep you safe.
◦Do not share anything that could hurt or embarrass anyone.
◦Keep your password a secret from other kids. Even kids that seem like friends could give your password away or use it in ways you don’t want. Let your parents have your passwords.
◦Think about who sees what you post online. Complete strangers? Friends? Friends of friends? Privacy settings let you control who sees what.
◦Talk to an adult you trust about any messages you get or things you see online that make you sad or scared.
◦Block the person bullying you. Do not respond or forward the messages.
◦Keep your parents in the loop. Tell them what you’re doing online and who you’re doing it with. Let them friend or follow you. Listen to what they have to say about what is and isn’t okay to do. They care about you and want you to be safe.
◦Report cyberbullying to online service providers so they can take action.
◦Document/screen shot messages to keep a record of the cyberbullying in order to provide the information to a parent, teacher or police officer.
When to Report Cyberbullying to Law enforcement
◦Contact the police if cyberbullying involves the following:
◦Threats of harm
◦Sexually explicit videos or photos
◦You can be a leader in preventing cyberbullying in your community.
◦Talk to the principal about getting involved at school. Schools sometimes give students a voice in programs to stop all types of bullying. Be on a school safety committee. Talk to your school resource officer. Create posters for your school about bullying and cyberbullying.