Cyber Bullying occurs when children or teens use the Internet, cell phones or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass other children or teens. This can include sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images; posting sensitive, private information about another person; or pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad. Children and teens can cyber bully each other through e-mails, instant messaging, text messages, web pages, blogs or chat rooms.
Tips to help prevent cyber bullying:
- Keep your computer in easily viewable places.
- Talk regularly with your child about on-line activities that he or she is involved in.
- Tell your child that you may review his or her on-line communications if you think there is reason for concern.
- Consider installing parental control filtering software and/or tracking programs.
- Educate your child about the consequences of inappropriate use of his or her electronics, such as losing Internet access or use of their cell phone..
- Strongly encourage your child not to respond to the cyber bullying.
- Do not erase the messages or pictures(save these as evidence).
- Try to identify the individual doing the cyber bullying.
- Contact your child's school.
- Contact the police if cyber bullying involves acts such as threats of violence, extortion, obscene or harassing phone calls or text messages, harassment, stalking, hate crimes or child pornography.