Bullying and Cyberbullying The act of hurting someone Physically or Emotionally whether you are doing it through a screen or not

Kids use technology to send cruel and hurtful messages to the public or the target

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when a child gets targeted by a group of other children. That target is then hurt emotionally by that group of kids. The group of children would post embarrassing pictures or harassing messages to the public. Those messages would be hard to delete and the target could be bullied to the point where sometimes thoughts of suicide would cross their mind. Along with a lot of other kids who have committed suicide, a 12 year old girl named Rebecca Sedwick was cyber bullied so much, she jumped off of her towns water tower and committed suicide.

Cyberbullying: the undeniable facts

  • Cyberbullying can happen 24/7
  • Kids scarcely tell adults they are being bullied
  • Kids who are cyber bullying other people most likely are bullied as well
  • Kids who are the targets of cyberbullying have a harder time getting away from it
  • Harassing and hurtful messages can be anonymous and a lot of people see it and since it was anonymous, it's hard to find out who posted it
  • It is extremely difficult to delete these messages or harmful pictures

Kids who are cyberbullied

Kids who are cyberbullied are most likely to:

  • Use alcohol and drugs
  • Cut school
  • Not want to go to school
  • Experience bullying face to face
  • Get miserable grades
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Have more health problems

What to Do if you are CYberbullied

  1. Do NOT say anything back
  2. Keep evidence to report
  3. BLOCK

Bystanders

A bystander is someone who watches bullying take action, but does not do anything about it

Bystander's Risks

  • Some bystanders have increased risk of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.
  • Some have missed or skipped school.

Bystanders Can DO MORE

Some things you can do to stop bullying are:

  • Don't give the bully attention
  • Tell the person who is being bullied they have to go somewhere to lead them away from the bully
  • You can leave a trusted adult a note

Bullying

Bullying is when a child gets targeted by another child or group of children and is harassed and hurt physically and emotionally and sometimes threatened. That child who is being bullied can then get beaten and hurt at school.

Bullies often do

  • Criminal convictions
  • Drop out of school
  • Get into fights
  • Vandalize

Target's Risks

The child who is being bullied has risks just as a bully would:

  • Health complaints
  • Sadness and depression
  • Uneasiness and anxiety
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in eating

Bullying and Cyberbullying

People to contact

Here is a list of people that you can contact if you witness or are bullied:

  • Teacher
  • School counselor
  • School principal
  • Superintendent
  • State Department of Education

Warning signs:

Here are a couple of ways to tell if your child is bullied:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sudden loss of friends

STopping Bullying and Cyberbullying

Now that you know the effects of bullying and cyberbullying, you should know what to do. If everyone that's a bystander stood up for the child that's being bullied and told someone that works in the school, we could stop bullying worldwide. Let's team up to stop bullying! Nobody wants their child or their friend getting hurt.

Citations

US Department of Health and Human Services. Stopbullying.gov. February 24, 2017. <Stopbulling.gov>.

"Teen Site." kidshealth.org February 24, 2017. <Kidshealth.org>.

More

You want to know more about cyberbullying, bullying, and how you can stop it? Well here are some websites you can go to:

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