There have always been multiple locations where children can get bullied. The most popular places for bullying have generally been the bus, at school (in the cafeteria and around locker areas, specifically), walking home from school, and any unsupervised location, like the movies. Anti-bullying websites and books have been around for decades because of that. However, a trend that began in 2000 that we’ve all heard about is cyberbullying. Learn How to Stop Cyberbullying below…
When looking for information on bullying from an anti bullying website, one should always look for cyber bullying information. This shows the website is recent, and up to date on the current trends of bullying.
How to Stop Cyber Bullying: Cyber Bullying Stats
- According to BullyingStatistics.org, over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, or have engaged in cyber bullying themselves.
- Over 25% of those who were cyber bullied say it was continual through cell phones and/or the internet.
- Over half of those who are cyber bullied keep it to themselves.
- In the past year, Facebook was the network of choice for a million children being victimized by cyber bullying, according to a Consumer Reports survey.
- About 20 percent of children ranging in age from 11 to 18 surveyed in 2010 by the Cyberbullying Research Center said they’d been cyber bullied at some point in their lives.
- Over 160,000 students skip school every day because they are scared of being attacked or intimidated by other children, either from the embarrassment they received from cyber bullying, or from bulling in person, according to the Character Education Partnership.
What is Cyber Bullying?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, cyber bullying is the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person, often done anonymously. As we posted in more detail on our anti bullying website page What is Cyber Bullying? cyber bullying does not just come from the internet. It can happen in a number of forums:
- Internet – social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, MySpace, etc., Instant Messaging, email, chat rooms/forums/blogs, and online games
- Cell phones – calls and texts
- Video Games
- Other electronic devices
Cyber bullying tends to stem from offline problems and happens in this cyber arena for a number of reasons. Some of those are:
- They can happen continuously throughout the day, 24/7
- No supervision
- The threat of face to face impacts are diminished
- Can be shown to a large audience with little to no effort
Learn more about the types of bullying online on our infographic here.
Once you have recognized that you or a loved one are getting cyber bullied, what do you do? What if you think a child or younger loved one is getting cyber bullied, but they refuse to talk to you about it? This anti bullying website is full of tips on how to stop cyber bullying.
How to Stop Cyber Bullying
One of the most common reactions of a victim of cyber bullying is to cyber bully right back. However, this is the most harmful response one can have. If you’re being cyber bullied, or know someone who is, take these actions on How to Stop Cyber Bullying:
- Save the evidence. Take screenshots, save emails and texts, and keep on file any voicemails. Once you do come forward and tell someone about the cyber bullying (whether it’s the police or a trusted adult) you can use the evidence to support your claim.
- Never stop saving. As mentioned above, cyber bullying tends to reoccur. Although you might think that saving one or two images/texts will be sufficient, save every single instance of cyber bullying that occurs.
- Tell the police. If someone is cyber bullying you in inappropriate sexual ways, police might need to come into play. In most cases, the cyber bully can be prosecuted by law.
- Prevent communication. Although with cyber bullying it is hard to stop communication due to the amount of accounts a person can create, begin the process by blocking their email address and phone number, and deleting them from your social circles. You can also report their activities to the ISP or webmasters of sites you’re on.
- Unplug. Take a break from you computer, iPad, video games, or phone.
If these tips don’t help, use the other cyber bullying resources on this anti bullying website, and read the articles by our experts. If you or a loved one are being cyber bullied there ARE ways of stopping it.