Cyberbullying

Define cyberbullying
"Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others." -Bill Belsey http://www.cyberbullying.org/

  • 1. Kids are online for much time every day. Talk to and educate kids about what they are doing and discuss cyberbullying - and maintain open conversations
  • texts, emails, instant messages, posts on websites, phone calls, chat rooms
  • 2. Model appropriate behavior - don't make fun/harass/forward material about others
  • 3. Monitor behaviors - see if there are changes that would indicate problems - set up Google Alert of student's name. Be their "online" friend so you can see how they interact online.1.2.
  • 4. Utilize safe online tools, monitor websites, share account information of kids. Use privacy settings and update them frequently. Protect your phone numbers and email addresses - don't give them to anyone who wants it - be deliberate. Keep the computer in a central location, so you can observe what is taking place online.
  • 5. If bullying occurs, ignore the bully. Many times they are looking for reaction, and denying the reaction sometimes ends they cycle. Notify parents, authorities, etc. Get help.
  • ignore bully, log off sites, block person, change usernames and passwords, contact adults
  • that can help you.
  • 6. Save copies of what is sent - document the abuse.
  • 7. Have clear rules for technology use.
  • 8. Take time to respond to things that upset you. Walk away for 5 minutes to cool down, so you don't react quickly and regret what you said.