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Cyberbullying 101

Attention all Cyberbullies! Put down your weapons! And that means your cellphone, your keyboard and your mouse. It’s bad enough that we have nasty bullies that push us around on the school playground, but now there's an ever-growing population of cyberbullies being mean to other kids on the Internet. We have got to stop this mess!

What is Cyberbullying?

CyberbullyingDepression is a teen's worst problem

Cyberbullying is when a bully decides to threaten, harass or humiliate someone in messages through the Internet. Here are some examples:

  • Posting photos of someone and making cruel comments
  • Spreading rumors about someone with text messages
  • Signing in as someone else to hurt his or her reputation in a chat room
  • Re-sending and spreading hate emails to other people
  • Posting humiliating pictures or videos of someone online
  • Photoshopping pictures to humiliate someone online

Why do the Cyberbullies do it?

CyberbullyingMessages on a computer screen hurt

It’s obvious that cyberbullying exists for the same reasons regular bullying exists. Bullies do this because they are angry and vengeful people. Boredom is also a very big reason why bullies choose to hurt people. It’s also possible that they just want to have a laugh... unfortunately, bullying someone is never funny, no matter where you do it.

The biggest problem with cyberbullying is the fact that it is so easy to do. You can often send hurtful messages about someone online without anyone knowing it was you.

What to Do?

CyberbullyingTime to fight back

There is no instance of cyberbullying that is “too small” to just forget about and sweep under the carpet. Cyberbullying may start off seeming like not such a big deal, but the chances of one thing leading to another online, where messages, images and videos spread faster than a wildfire, are very big. It’s important to talk to an adult, a parent or a teacher to solve these problems before they escalate into something tragic.

Cyberbullying for Popularity

When you're a kid, popularity is kind of a big deal. Let's face it: it's important to most kids to have good friends and be liked and respected among their peers and classmates. But when it's so important that it might cause you to take part in cyberbullying or even just watch as your so-called friends do it to others, is being popular really worth it?

Are You a Cyberbully?

CyberbullyingUnity is the key to your future!

If you or someone you know is or has been a cyberbully, you have to stop now and apologize to the people you have hurt. Not only are you hurting your own peers but being mean to others could hurt you in the end, causing you to feel depression and guilty feelings throughout your life - especially if you don’t do something to stop it.

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countrybabe789
I get bullied everyday on the internet and at school...what i don't understand is why c...
commented: Fri Jul 11, 2014

swimmerboy237

swimmerboy237 wrote:

I was bullied by people I didn't ever know.
commented: Sun Jun 22, 2014

rosita123

rosita123 wrote:

I get bullied sometimes by this girl named JAMERICA I tell my teacher wat is happening ...
commented: Tue Mar 18, 2014

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Break friends with them! Saying that is really cruel and horrible. Tell them how you feel, then leave them alone. You might be popular with all these boys, but if they go off you when you break friends with that lot, they're weird people who don't love you for who you are.  Report them if it carries on - that can be classed as verbal abuse
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