Bullying that occurs with the help of electronic devices. Cyberbullying can also be described as “trolling.” A cyberbully targets his or her victims with messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW?
Victims of cyberbullying are often bullied in person as well.
- Cyberbullying is more difficult for victims to handle because it occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Cyberbullies are usually anonymous—giving the bully “cover” to be even harsher than they would be in person.
Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to:
- Use alcohol and drugs
- Skip school
- Experience in-person bullying
- Be unwilling to attend school
- Receive poor grades
- Have lower self-esteem
- Have more health problems
How many kids are cyberbullied?
The 2010-2011 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that nine percent of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
Is it tough to define cyberbullies?
Research on cyberbullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.
HOW TO GET HELP
- Don’t respond to and don’t forward cyberbullying messages.
- Tell someone if you are a victim.
- Keep the evidence. Record the dates, times and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone service providers.
- Block the person who is cyberbullying.
- Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.
Talk to a trusted adult such as a parent, physician or counselor.