Cyberbullying is generally defined as any unwanted, repeated, and harmful acts that take place using technology. This may involve bullying via text messages, social networking, chatrooms, and any other computer related mode of communication. Forms of cyberbullying may include gossip, rumor spreading, threats, mean or hateful comments, unwanted posting or texting of pictures or videos, and fake social networking profiles.
Cyberbullying has the potential to be more dangerous than traditional forms of bullying for a number of reasons. Cyberbullying can take place in front of a virtually unlimited audience, and can be harder to escape since the social world of technology is available 24 hours a day. Also, it can often be difficult to track the offender, as messages and images are often posted anonymously.
The links below are designed to provide tips, resources, and teaching materials for students, parents, and educators that can help in our collaborative effort to prevent cyberbullying, and to implement effective intervention strategies.
Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention:
Resources and Links for Educators, Parents, and Students
The Cyberbullying Resource Center
The Cyberbullying Resource Center is a clearinghouse for cyberbullying research, and provides a wide variety of up to date resources and information, including prevention and intervention resources for educators, parents, and students.
StopByllying.Gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides a wide variety of bullying prevention and intervention resources for parents, educators, and students.
NetSmarts.gov is an interactive and educational website provided by the National Center for Exploited Children that provides a variety of resources and teaching materials to help teach children, ages 5-17, about safe behaviors both online and off. The site covers a variety of internet safety topics, including cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying Information for Teens from the Cyberbullying Research Center
Cyberbullying Information for Parents from the Cyberbullying Research Center