What is Cyberbullying Parent App Guide (Video)

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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that takes place using electronic devices

  • Any form of bullying that takes place using electronic devices
  • Repeated and intentional harm towards someone online, on social media or through texting

Cyberbullying in the news

Cyberbullying can be unrelenting and seem inescapable since it is online and on phones. –Huffington Post

  • “Once kids go online, their chances of finding cyber bullies, haters, and trolls is, sadly, quite high.”Common Sense Media
  • “Cyberbullying has the potential to affect someone day and night and it allows the perpetrator the ability to be anonymous.”The Guardian
  • “Cyberbullying is worse than the schoolyard kind.”CBS News
  • “Unlike bullying, cyberbullying can be unrelenting and seem inescapable since it is online and on phones. It can happen at any time of day, outside of the school walls.”Huffington Post

Why should parents care?

Cyberbullies can stay anonymous and may have never even met your child.

  • Cyberbullying can happen on any website or app. It is prevalent in apps in our Red zone, Grey zone and even apps in our Green zone
  • Cyberbullies can stay anonymous and may have never even met your child
  • Traditional bullying meant bullies could not access your student when they are away from school. With cyberbullying the bully has constant access to your child through apps and/or social media
  • Kids don’t have the wisdom to know who to talk to about bullying unless you offer your support and give them resources

Signs your child is being cyberbullied

If you notice a change in your child’s habits then that might be a sign that your child is being cyberbullied.

  • Shows signs of aggression
  • Change in habits
  • Loses interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Withdrawn, doesn’t want to talk

What can parents do?

If your student sees bullying take place, tell them not to “like/heart” that post.

  • Surround your kids with like-minded parents and friends
  • Know what your children do after school
  • Be supportive, get involved and talk to students about their day
  • Encourage your teen to take a break from computers and devices
  • If your student sees bullying take place, tell them not to “like/heart” that post
  • If you can identify the cyberbully, consider contacting your school counselor, the bully’s parents, or (if it’s threatening their safety) the police

Top ways kids cyberbully

Kids cyberbully by posting/sending hateful or threatening messages online or on social media.

  • Posting/sending hateful or threatening messages online or on social media
  • Hacking social media accounts
  • Impersonating someone else online or on social media
  • Posting pictures of people without their consent
  • Spreading rumors on social media and online
  • Sending verbally abusive messages in online games

Things kids can do to prevent cyberbullying

Before posting anything online, ask yourself if this is something you would want college admissions, future employers, family, or classmates to see.

  • Keep posts Light, Bright and Polite
  • Never post your personal information online or on social media
  • Don’t post online or social media when you’re upset
  • Before posting anything online, ask yourself if this is something you would want college admissions, future employers, family, or classmates to see
  • Be as polite online as you are in person
  • If you see cyberbullying talk to a trusted adult
  • Flag and report any inappropriate or hurtful messaging
  • Block and don’t respond to messages or posts from cyberbullies
  • Before posting anything online, ask yourself if this is something you would want college admissions, future employers, family, or classmates to see.

Cyberbullying prevention tips from experts

Teach students that if they wouldn’t say something to someone’s face then they shouldn’t say it online. –Mercedes Samudio

  • “On-going conversation is an invitation for the child to confide in their parent, and to ask for help if they are exposed to threats or inappropriate content online.”Clayton Cranford, Cyber Safety Cop
  • “Teach students that if they wouldn’t say something to someone’s face then they shouldn’t say it online.”Mercedes Samudio, The Parenting Skill

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