Online bullies, AKA cyberbullies, use technology — like cell phones and the Internet — to harass, embarrass or intimidate an individual. Cyberbullies send nasty rumours or hurtful comments over text messages, emails, websites and on instant message programs. Cyberbullies have also been known to send or post embarrassing photos of their victims over the Internet as well.
Why it's so dangerous
Cyberbullying is not as easy to spot as schoolyard bullying and cyberbullies can spread offensive message to a large group of people very fast. It only takes a minute to text an embarrassing photo to dozens of classmates.
The Internet and cell phones give cyberbullies and sense of anonymity — making their attacks more vicious.
Fight it together!
Discuss the different types of cyberbullying as a family; stressing the fact that it's never the victim's fault, and that enjoyable online activities won't disappear if bullying is reported. Most victims don't report cyberbullying because they're too embarrassed, or fear that they'll lose their Internet or cell phone privileges.
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Top concerns for cyberbullying:
Stop, block and tell a trusted adult! Blocking a bully and telling an adult are important ways to stop harassment.
Save any evidence of bullying. Having proof makes it easier to catch a bully.
Don't respond! When you don't react a bully is more likely to get bored and stop.
Speak up! If you think someone is being bullied, tell a trusted adult.
Report bullying whenever you can to your cell phone, email, instant messaging or chat room provider/monitor.
Get more information about online bullying
Develop an open line of communication with your kids about the bad things they may see online. Kids need to feel safe talking with an adult about cyberbullying because they’re often afraid to speak up out of fear of losing their Internet or computer privileges.
If your child has been bullied via a defamatory website, contact your ISP. They can find out who runs the site and can request that the content be removed.
Identify the cyberbully or bullies and save any evidence.
File a formal complaint with the cyberbully’s cell phone or Internet provider.
If cyberbullying is happening at school, contact teachers and/or administrators, so that protective and disciplinary measures can be taken.
If cyberbullying includes threats of violence, false accusations or the advances of a sexual predator, contact your local police service.