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Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying involves the use of information and technology such as e-mail, instant messaging, the publishing of defamatory personal web sites, and online personal polling web sites that are used to support conscious, willful, deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by one or more people with the intent to harm others.

Responses to Cyberbullying:

  • Encourage your child not to respond to cyberbullying, but to report it to an adult
  • Do not erase messages or pictures. Save these as evidence
  • Attempt to track the cyberbully through your ISP or cell phone company
  • If it is coming through a school district's Internet system, contact the school
  • Even if cyberbullying is occurring off campus, notify school administrators so that they are aware of the problem

Contact the police if the cyberbullying involves any of the following:

  • Threats of violence
  • Extortion
  • Obscene or harassing phone calls or text messages
  • Harassment, stalking, or hate crimes

 

 

    How to Prevent Cyberbullying

 

  • Discuss with your child openly what is appropriate and what is not appropraite  online communication
  • Don't post personal information such as name, address, or phone number, or passwords
  • Don't share "friend" lists
  • Delete messages from people you don't know
  • When something doesn't sound right, leave the chat room
  • Assume no digital communication is private
  • Use privacy settings on social media sites
  • Teach your child how to identify threatening communication
  • Teach your child to tell you or another adult about cyberbullying

Source: Kentucky Safe Schools.org

Cyberbullying Resources

Cybersafety in Kentucky Resources from the Attorney General's office

Cyberbullying Resources from Netsmartz

Cyberbullying Resources from Wired Safety.org

Cyberbullying Resources from Kentucky Safe Schools

Cyberbullying.ca

SafeTeens.com
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