WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?Cyberbully is when a child is tormented, threatened,harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or targeted byanother child using the Internet, mobile phone, or othertype of digital technology.It has to be a child on both sides. If it is an adult, it is notconsidered cyberbullying and is called cyber-harassmentor cyberstalking and is a very seriouscrime. Cyberbullying is very serious also, but it doesntalways break the law. Sometimes it does break the law ,and even when it doesnt, it is definitely wrong andchildren do usually get in trouble with parents or school.
Effects Of Cyberbullying No longer limited to schoolyards or street corners,modern-day bullying can happen at home as well asat school. Severe or chronic cyberbullying can leave victims atgreater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. The punishment for cyber bullies can include beingsuspended from school or kicked off of sports teams. Many of the victim of cyberbullying take a risk to endthe tease of bullies by committed suicide.
Many kids and teens who are cyberbullied are reluctant totell a teacher or parent, often because they feel ashamed ofthe social stigma, or because they fear their computerprivileges will be taken away at home.The signs that a child is being cyberbullied vary, but a fewthings to look for are: signs of emotional distress during or after using the Internetor the phone being very protective or secretive of their digital life withdrawal from friends and activities avoidance of school or group gatherings slipping grades and "acting out" in anger at home changes in mood, behavior, sleep, or appetite
Finding out that your kid is the one who isbehaving inappropriately can be upsetting andheartbreaking. Its important to address theproblem head on and not wait for it to go away.Talk to your child firmly about his or her actionsand explain the negative impact it has on others.Joking and teasing might seem OK, but it canhurt peoples feelings and lead to getting introuble. Bullying — in any form — isunacceptable; there can be serious (andsometimes irrevocable) consequences at home,school, and in the community if it continues.
Tips to Stop Cyberbullying• Don’t respond• Don’t retaliate• Save the evidence• Talk to a trusted adult• Block the bully• Be civil• Don’t be a bully• Be a friend, not a bystander
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