Bullies used to have to do their dirty work face-to-face, lurking on the school playground or outside the neighborhood 7-11. These days bullying also happens online, on social networking sites, in emails, and via text message. Check out these online resources for facts on cyberbullying, how to help prevent it, and what to do when it happens.
This site contains tips for kids and parents on how to deal with cyberbullying, including saving text messages and other correspondence from bullies. Did you know that kids sometimes won't report cyberbullying for fear of losing computer privileges? You can also find tip sheets for educators and everyone who interacts with kids.
With guidance kids can learn to make good decisions about how they communicate online. This site is maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and it's a treasure trove of resources! Check out short videos, such as Stand Up to Cyberbullying, or play the Friend Finder interactive game, which lets players decide whether or not to accept friend requests on an imaginary social networking site.
Safe Communities ~ Safe Schools Fact Sheet (University of Colorado Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence)
Did you know 43% of teens have been cyberbullied? Did you know more girls are cyberbullied than boys? This is a short but sweet two-pager loaded with cyberbullying facts.
Evolver - your safety (Denver Public Library's Teen Site)
More links to sites for teens and their parents on how to stay safe online.
Although the internet can be a scary place, teaching kids to use it safely can be the best line of defense. This page reiterates some of the same information on cyberbullying, and also contains links to instructions on how to adjust parental controls for some devices and software.
Let's work together to stop cyberbullying!