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In the last blog we discussed cyberbullying and its impact on children
. Today we will learn how to handle it.
Let’s get started!
How to deal with it
Do not respond.
If you respond, the bully will believe they have succeeded in upsetting you. They most likely will keep attacking you.
Take a screenshot or pictures of what is on your screen. Print messages that you receive online as evidence.
Ask for help.
Tell someone you trust like a family member, a teacher, or friend. It is important to get support from someone who cares for you.
Be mindful of what you put online.
Everything you post or write online can be seen by others. It could be online forever. Someone could use your content against you in the future.
Never share your passwords with anyone other than your parents.
Share your email address and personal information with only people you trust.
Use privacy settings and blocking features to keep unwanted guests from seeing your content.
If you don’t know how to use these settings ask an adult, do an Internet search, or contact your school’s technology specialist.
Use the law.
Many cities and states have laws about online bullying. Many laws include the following…
Contact the company.
- A description of cyberbullying behaviors
- Instructions for reporting and investigating cyberbullying
- Consequences for those caught cyberbullying
Companies that provide cell phone or online services can offer assistance with cyberbullying. Customers can call the company and report various acts of bullying. Many social networking sites have a feature where you can alert them of inappropriate messages. The company usually investigates the report and removes any content that breaks its rules.
Be a model.
Become part of the solution by posting positive messages on the Internet. Also support those who are being cyberbullied by sharing these tips with them.
There are anti-bullying apps that can be downloaded on your cellphone or tablet. Some apps can send a message to a parent’s phone when their child’s phone receives a message that has bullying words. Spy-tracking software, which can also be installed on your cellphone or tablet, can track where anonymous messages are coming from. This helps the police, company, and or victim figure out who is behind the bullying.
For more information on cyberbullying, please read the following resources …
Digital Safety Smart. Preventing Cyberbullying by Mary Lindeen
Dealing with Cyberbullies by Drew Nelson
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