What is Cyber bullying? Cyber bullying or Digital Disrespect is using the internet, texts, or email to spread embarrassing or hurtful material (comments, posts, pictures, etcetera) about or to a person.
If you wouldn’t say it in person, why say it online?
Sometimes it’s easier to express ourselves online or through text messages, but the consequences remain the same whether we are online or off. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online.
Come on, it’s harmless…right?
WRONG. These days your digital behavior is public knowledge, future employers can look up your past history, the things you’ve said to others, pictures, or anything else you post on your page. Do you really want them to see all of that action?
This is happening to me! What do I do?
Don’t respond. If someone’s talking about you, don’t respond—everything you say just fuels the fire. In this case, silence is golden.
Keep your stuff private. Find the privacy settings for all the networks you’re part of, and use them. They’re there for a reason.
Save it! If you’re being harassed online, save the messages, posts, comments, etc. so that you can back up requests for blocking or even a restraining order (should it come to that).
Speak up! A site administrator, parent, teacher, or other authority figure you trust can help you deal with nasty stuff happening online — but you have to let them know it’s happening.