Cyberbullying occurs when a person uses electronic communication (social media, text messages, web sites, etc.) to threaten, intimidate, or harass another individual. Some examples of cyberbullying include hateful email or text messages or rumors sent or posted on social media. Cyberbullying also occurs when pictures, video, or fake profiles that are meant to humiliate or embarrass are posted online.
It is not okay to post pictures, video, or audio of another person without first getting that person's permission. This includes both students and adults both on and off campus.
STAND UP TO CYBERBULLYING
Here are some practical tips from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for what to do if you or someone you care about is being cyberbullied. When you see or hear someone being bullied, don't be a bystander; be an upstander.
THE IMPACT OF CYBERBULLYING
Watch this thought-provoking video created by Strutt Central that explores the impact that cyberbullying can have on everyone involved.
5 TIPS TO DEAL WITH CYBERBULLYING
- Don't respond or retaliate.
- Save the evidence.
- Block the bully.
- Report it.
- Tell a trusted friend, teacher, or other adult.
Use the T.H.I.N.K. method. Before sharing or posting, ask...
"Is it True?"
"Is it Helpful?"
"Is it Inspiring?"
"Is it Necessary?"
"Is it Kind?"
If the answer to any of these questions is "no," then don't post it.
Federal Trade Commission. "Stand Up to Cyberbullying." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 8 October 2010. Web. 30 July 2017.
Strutt Central. "The Cyber Bullying Virus." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 22 March 2012. Web. 30 July 2017.
Common Sense Media. "Five Tips to Deal with Cyberbullying." Online video clip. Common Sense Media. Web. 30 July 2017.
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- Office Bully by Gan Khoon Lay
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