Cyberbullying. Catch it and prevent it. By Chloe and Joseph Aronoff. What is Cyberbullying?. Where Does Cyberbulling Occur?.
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Catch it and prevent it.
By Chloe and Joseph Aronoff
Cyberbullying can occur on any type of media which involves people contacting each other. Cyberbullying is well know to be committed through Facebook, Twitter, Email, as well as through text message.
Nicole Edgington was celebrating her birthday when she started receiving texts containing threats and explicit language. She contacted her friends to find out what was going on, and she realized that her Facebook wall was full of threats and misinformation. Thankfully, she informed her parents and deleted her Facebook account.
There are many kids like Nicole who have been bullied online. Here are a few things that you can do to prevent and stop Cyberbullying:
Recently, several states have actually passed laws against Cyberbullying. This creates opportunities for bullies to be caught and gives schools more authority to crack down on the unkind behaviors.
Many schools are also promoting cyber-smarts and are even kicking some bullies out of class.
If you know someone who is a victim, stand up, and let them know that you’re there for them. Inform parents, guardians, and teachers about the incident. If you’re the victim yourself, do the same. If people know that you’re being bullied, they’ll help.
Lastly, never be the bully or bystander. If anyone you know is being bullied online, help them out or tell an authority figure about the issue.