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Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Insightful information about how to address and prevent peer to peer bullying.
- What Is Cyberbullying? – This article examines who carries out cyberbullying, how it affects the victims and examples of direct and indirect attacks.
- Background Information About Cyberbullying –This page offers information and resources to curb the growing problem of cyberbullying.
- Cyberbullying Prevention and Reporting – This page offers articles to help you understand electronic harassment, prevention techniques and reporting the behavior.
- Cyberbullying Parents Guide (PDF) – This brief but detailed brochure offers an informative overview of online bullying and the steps parents can take to protect their children.
- Who Does the Bullying? – This article discusses the types of people who perform cyberbullying and the effects it has on the victim.
- Traditional Bullying vs. Cyberbullying (PDF) – This document offers a theoretical view of the differences between traditional bullying and electronic harassment.
- The Warning Signs of Cyberbullying (PDF) – This checklist helps teens and children determine if they are being harassed online.
- Bullying Online – This brief article offers tips to protect a child from online harassment.
- Disabilities and Bullying – This paper examines the effects of bullying on students with disabilities.
- Important Cyberbullying Topics – This article offers examples of cyberbullying and a brief explanation of the different types of online bullying.
- Harassment, Cyberbullying and Depression – This site, aimed at youth, exposes depression myths and provides a discussion forum and other information about cyberbullying.
- Prevention Techniques (PDF) – This document provides an overview of cyberbullying and offers a story that illustrates the severity of bullying and prevention techniques.
- Cyber Safety: An Interactive Guide to Staying Safe on the Internet – This site explains the different types of bullying and how to prevent them.
What You Should Know:
Bullying can affect everyone; those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide.
Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:
- Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
- Health complaints
- Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
What Should You Do?
If you happen to be bullied or see bullying in action, here is what you can do:
- Don’t be the audience
- Help the bullied get away
- Tell an adult about the situation
- Be a Friend
Stuff To Know:
- Keep your personal information private.
- Only add friends you know in real life.
- Set your profile and blog to private.
- Use a nickname that doesn’t identify your location, gender, or age.
- Never meet in person with anyone you first met online.
- Contact the site administrator if someone creates a social networking page in your name.
- Alter your pictures and videos before you post them to remove identifying information.
- Profile and photo share only with people on your friends list.
- Don’t post your plans or whereabouts on your site.
- Ignore harassing or rude comments posted on your profile.
- Think about the possible consequences of the information and photos you post.
- Never post sexually provocative photos.