What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when someone is harassed, tormented or threatened through the use of technology. There have been many cases of cyberbullying through instant messaging, text messaging, and e-mail. Cyberbullying is against the law, and you can get charged with criminal offenses.

Why is learning about cyberbullying important. Watch and find out why.

Why has Cyberbulling increased?

Cyberbullying has increased over the past few years for various reasons. Bullies are everywhere, and are typically people who put others down to make themselves feel better about themselves. Bullies use technology now because they feel its an easy way for them to say what they want to say, and not get caught. However, they are wrong because with recent technology, cyberbullies can be traced. Bullying someone to his or her face is labeled as harassment, and what people do not know is sending a threatening message is also harassment. Police can track any texts messages that you have sent or recievied through their computer system.

What does Cyberbullying look like and what can you do?

See for yourself.

So What?

Cyberbullying has lead to the death for many young teens. Megan Meier is just one of the stories that shocked people nation wide.

What can you do to stop Cyberbullying?

Essentially, no one can put an end to the cyberbullying . You can limit the danger you put yourself into by knowing who you're talking to. Never give out personal information on your social networking sites such as facebook or myspace. If you ever feel that someone is bullying you or saying something inappropriate, stop talking to him or her, and contact somebody of authority. If it happens inside of school, you should make sure that you tell a member of the school staff so that they can find out who did it and put an end to it. If it happens outside of school, inform your parent or a trustworthy adult.

There are many resources to learn about cyberbullying and how to deal with it. Start here and if you need more help in school talk to a teacher or your principal.

Just remember:

(Last updated Oct 1, 2009 8:02 am)

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