Back to School: What You & Your Kids Need to Know About Cyberbullying
We are all leading increasingly digital lives, spending more and more time online. With this increased connectivity, bullying or harassment that previously only occurred in-person now occurs online. Although the Internet brings many advantages to our everyday way of life, it also provides bullies with an additional outlet to say or do damaging things outside of face-to-face interactions. As summer comes to an end and children head back to the classroom, it is important to talk to your kids about cyberbullying. Cyberbullying includes a wide range of hurtful behavior that occurs through digital channels such as social media, text messages, emails, blogs, or instant messaging.
The Cyberbullying Research Center, a Stop.Think.Connect. National Network member, has provided a few warning signs that your child may be experiencing cyberbullying:
The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign encourages all parents and educators to take the following steps to help students be aware of cyberbullying and to know what to do if they come across bullying online.
Tips for Victims
Though the conversation around cyberbullying is typically focused on children, online bullying can actually occur to people of all ages. The Cyberbullying Research Center shared these tips for adults who are victims of cyberbullying:
Source: US Department of Homeland Security
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