If you’re like most teenagers, you spend a lot of time on a cell phone or instant messenger chatting with friends and uploading photos, videos, and music to websites. You may have online friends whom you’ve never met in person, with whom you play games and exchange messages. Teens’ lives exist in a variety of places such as school hallways, part-time jobs, and friends’ houses. Now many teens also have lives on the Internet. And bullying has followed teens online.
Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens. Whether you’ve been a victim of cyberbullying, know someone who has been cyberbullied, or have even cyberbullied yourself, there are steps you and your friends can take to stop cyberbullying and stay cyber-safe.
Teens have figured out ways to prevent cyberbullying. Follow in the footsteps of other quick-thinking teens and...
Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages.
Tell friends to stop cyberbullying.
Block communication with cyberbullies.
Report cyberbulling to a trusted adult.
You can also help prevent cyberbullying by
Speaking with other students as well as teachers and school administrators, to develop rules against cyberbullying.
Raise awareness of the cyberbullying problem in your community by holding and assembly and creating fliers to give to younger kids or parents
Share National Crime Prevention Council's anti-cyberbullying message with friends.
Don’t forget that even though you can’t see a cyberbully or the bully’s victim, cyberbullying causes real problems. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. Delete cyberbullying. Don’t write it. Don’t forward it.
What Else Can I Do To Stay Cyber-safe?
Remember that the Internet is accessed by millions of people all over the world, not just your friends and family. While many Internet users are friendly, some may want to hurt you. Below are some ways to stay cyber-safe:
Never post or share your personal information online (this includes your full name, address, telephone number, school name, parents' names, credit card number, or Social Security number) or your friends' personal information.
Never share your Interent passwords with anyone, except your parents.
Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online.
Talk to you parents about what you do online.