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Cyberbullying: . What Parents Need to Know. Technology is Here to Stay. Technology has changed the world in many ways. Most of those changes have been positive; however, one negative has been the development of a new form of bullying… cyberbullying. What is Cyberbullying?.

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What Parents Need to Know

technology is here to stay
Technology is Here to Stay
  • Technology has changed the world in many ways. Most of those changes have been positive; however, one negative has been the development of a new form of bullying…


what is cyberbullying
What is Cyberbullying?
  • When a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, cell phone or other digital technology.
  • Usually not a one-time thing, repetition or frequency of communication is a major indicator of cyberbullying.
methods of cyberbullying
Methods of Cyberbullying
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Texting
  • Chatrooms
  • email
is it cyberbullying
Is It Cyberbullying?
  • Repeated e-mails or IMs
  • Following the child around online, into chat rooms, favorite web sites, etc.
  • Building fake profiles, web sites or posing as your child’s e-mail or IM
  • Planting statements to provoke third-party stalking and harassment
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Is It Cyberbullying?
  • Signing your child up for porn sites and e-mailing lists and junk e-mail and IM.
  • Breaking in to their accounts online
  • Sharing intimate information about the child (sexual, special problems, etc.)
  • Sharing contact information about the child coupled with a sexual solicitation (“for a good time call …” )
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Is It Cyberbullying?
  • Stealing or otherwise accessing their passwords
  • Posting images of the child online (taken from any source, including video and photo phones)
  • Posting real or doctored sexual images of the child online
  • Sharing personal information about the child
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Is It Cyberbullying?
  • Encouraging that others share their top ten hit lists or ugly lists online and including your child on that list
  • Posting and encouraging others to post nasty comments on your child’s blog
  • Sending threats to others or attacking others while posing as your child
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Is It Cyberbullying?
  • Registering your child’s name and setting up a bash web site or profile
  • Posting rude or provocative comments while posing as your child (such as insulting racial minorities at a web site devoted to that racial minority)
  • Sending spam or malware to others while posing as your child
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Is It Cyberbullying?
  • Posting your child’s text-messaging address or cell phone number online to encourage abuse and increase your child’s text-messaging or cell phone charges
  • Sending “jokes” or rude things about your child to others or mailing lists
  • Copying others on your child’s private e-mail and IM communications
  • Posting bad reviews or feedback on your child
why is cyberbullying on the rise
Why is Cyberbullying on the Rise?
  • 75% of teens own cell phones
  • Over 95% use the Internet regularly
  • Texting beat out every other form of daily communication for teens
  • 88% of teens text
  • Unlimited texting plans mean teens are sending on average over 3000 texts per month
why do teens cyberbully
Why Do Teens Cyberbully?
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Justice or Defense of Others
  • Entertainment
  • To Feel Better About Themselves
  • Boredom
  • Humor
  • To Be Popular

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signs that your teen might be a victim of cyberbullying
Signs That Your Teen Might Be a Victim of Cyberbullying
  • Signs of emotional distress during or after Internet or phone use
  • Being very secretive of digital life
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Avoidance of school or group gatherings
  • Grades are falling
  • Changes in mood, behavior, sleep or appetite
  • Long hours on the computer
  • Less attentive in school
  • Frequent complaints of illness or requests to stay home
  • Emotionally distant
impact of cyberbullying on teens
Impact of Cyberbullying on Teens
  • No Safe Place: Bullying now follows teens wherever they go-even home.
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress-Related Disorders
  • Academic Failure
what to do if your teen is being cyberbullied
What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied
  • Talk to your teen: Let your child know that it is not his/her fault.
  • Talk to your teen before calling anyone else: Teens don’t want to be considered “snitches”.
  • Do not over-react.
  • Do not under-react: Take it seriously. Using phrases such as “let it go” might minimize the problem.
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What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied
  • Have your teen “Take 5”: Put down the electronics and do something he/she loves to do for five minutes
  • Digitally block the bully
  • Limit access to technology: Keep the computer in a public place in the home
  • Use parental controls to monitor
  • Seek counseling if necessary
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What to Do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied
  • Be Informed: Use sites such as to learn terminology of digital communication
  • If bullying persists or becomes more severe: Use monitoring software to document, then report to authorities
what to do if your teen is cyberbullying
What to Do if Your Teen is Cyberbullying
  • Address the problem immediately
  • Make it clear that bullying of any kind is unacceptable
  • Remind your teen that use of cell phones and computers is a privilege that can be taken away
  • Make clear the serious consequences if the behavior continues
  • Be sure to follow through on consequences the first time. This shows your teen that you are serious.
  • Beale, A. V., & Hall, K. R. (2007). Cyberbullying: What school administrators (and parents) can do. Clearing House, 81(1), 8-12. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.