How to Handle Cyber Bullying
Over the years, we have increasingly worked with individuals who have been victim to cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that involves the use of electronic technology and devices, such as phones, computers, and tablets. It can happen across various media formats, such as social media, text messages, chats, and websites. If you or your child is victim to cyberbullying, it is important to document and report the behavior immediately. Keep these things in mind if you or someone you know find yourself experiencing cyberbullying:
- Do not respond to the message(s) and do not forward them to anyone else.
- Keep a record of the cyberbullying situation (e.g., dates, times, descriptions), and if possible, save and/or print screenshots, emails, and text messages.
- Block the person who is cyberbullying.
- Report cyberbullying to online service providers and social media sites.
- Report cyberbullying to schools, as this type of action can create a hostile school environment.
- When cyberbullying involves the following, report it to law enforcement:
- Threats of violence
- Sexually explicit messages or photos
- Photos of individuals where privacy is expected
- Hate crimes
- Evidence of stalking behavior
The internet, especially social media, is supposed to be a fun, safe place for everyone. But if cyberbullying is affecting you or someone you know, hopefully these tips can help.