Children who are cyberbullied are -
- Likely to be sad, angry, frustrated
- Report feeling sick
- Often afraid or embarrassed to go to school
- Experiencing low self esteem and family problems
- Involved in school violence
- Demonstrating delinquent behavior
Teach children and teens to follow these safety rules:
- Never give out passwords, PIN numbers, or personal information
- Do not open messages unless you know who they are from
- Do not post pictures of yourself or family pictures
- Understand that people use false identities on line. Someone may say, for example, that he is a sixteen year old boy, but in truth he might be a forty five year old man.
- Do not respond to insulting messages
- Be careful of sending angry messages. You cannot take it back.
- Never arrange to meet someone whom you met online unless your parents are with you.
- If it is threatening, call the police.
Educators can request that children sign an agreement saying they will not bully, establish use of cyberbullying policies in school, and tell parents to establish safety guidelines at home.
Police can stay up to date, understand the technology, and learn how to contact social networking sites to get cyberbullying comments removed.
Community leaders can organize community meetings informing the public about cyberbullying prevention. This can also be an opportunity to publicize the legal implications for cyberbullying.