So what is Cyberbullying?<br /><ul><li>bullying through Internet applications and technologies such as instant messaging (IM), social networking sites, and cell phones</li></ul>http://www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying<br />
cyber bullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and to consider suicide</li></ul>http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html<br />
Cyber bullying in the News<br />http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/photo-36722-cyberbullying-teens.html<br />http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/girls-teen-suicide-calls-attention-cyberbullying/story?id=9685026<br />http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13846910<br />
Legislation<br />http://cyberbullying.us/Bullying_and_Cyberbullying_Laws.pdf<br /><ul><li>Many states already have existing criminal and civil remedies to deal with cyberbullying.
Extreme cases would fall under criminal harassment or stalking laws or a target could pursue civil action for intentional infliction of emotional distress or defamation, to name a few.
Bullying (whatever the form) that occurs at school is no doubt already subject to an existing bullying policy.</li></ul>http://cyberbullying.us/blog/cyberbullying-laws-and-school-policy-a-blessing-or-curse.html<br />
What do you do if you are a victim?<br />1) Don't reply.<br />2) You did not do anything to deserve this!<br />3) Save the evidence! Print out anything you can, with all URLs, date, time stamps, etc. Take screen shots if possible. Save text messages. <br />4) Ask for help. Tell an adult you trust.<br />5) If you are concerned about your safety, report it to the police. <br />http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13846910<br />
Don't be a silent bystander!<br /><ul><li>A bystander can have just as much affect on a situation as an active bully.</li></ul>When bystanders stand up for a target it is one of the most effective means of stopping bullying. <br />Support from bystanders gives the target confidence.<br />It shows the bully that the target has friends who care, and that what the bully is doing is not cool. <br />http://cyberbullyinghelp.com/2010/08/11/helplessness-of-the-bystander-bully/<br />