According to Stopbullying.org, Cyber-bullying is a type of bullying that occurs while using electronic technology. This includes things such as computers, cell phones, and tablets. Cyber-bullying is common through communication tools such as text messages, social media sites, and websites with the intention of harming another person. There are many different ways that cyber-bullying can happen. It could be an embarrassing photo of someone, rumors spread through social media, fake profiles, and even mean text messages or emails. Here is a video that explains what Cyber-Bullying is and how you can "Stand up to CyberBullying."


Along with cyber-bullying comes safety and legal issues. Cyber-bullying can lead to negative effects on the person being targeted. People who are cyber-bullied are more likely to have a low self-esteem and more health problems. These people are also more likely to use alcohol and drugs and skip out on school. All of these issues can lead to even more problems. It can lead to students being unwilling to attend school, which will result in poor grades. Also, according to Stopbullying.org people who are cyber-bullied are more likely to experience in-person bullying as well. These are all negative results that come from cyber-bullying, which could become an even bigger issue. There are some cases where the person couldn’t handle all the harassment from the cyber-bullying that they took their own life. So, in the end there is no good to cyber-bullying and it comes along with some intense safety issues. However, it also comes along with some legal issues. According to the NCSL, the state of California adopted a law and a comprehensive safety plan that includes cyber-bullying policies. This law protects students from cyber-bullying that would happen within the school grounds. A student will be punished for any acts of cyber-bullying that occur within the school that is intended to hurt another student. Under this law, the students are also required to train and educate each other on the dangers of cyber-bullying. So, in the end they do not tolerate it and they even educate their students in order to prevent it from occurring within their schools.



Tips for Students:
  • Don't Respond - It is important not to respond because it gives the bully what they want. A response will give them power over you and a response is usually exactly what they want from you.
  • Talk to a trusted adult - It is important to tell an authority about the situation and what is going on. They can help you and can help stop the issue.
  • Don't be a bully - Before you go and try to harm someone through technology, take a step back and think about how you would feel if someone did that to you.

Tips for Educators:
  • Educate your students about the dangers of cyber-bullying - This will help the students realize how bad it is and how harmful it is to others.
  • Report cyber-bullying to authority - Help your children seek help from authorities and their parents.
  • Block access to inappropriate sites in the classroom that could lead to cyber-bullying - This will help eliminate cyber-bullying within your classroom.

Tips for Parents:
  • Monitor your child's technology use - Keep the computer in an open area where you can easily monitor it, rather than having it in their own rooms.
  • Know who your child communicates to online - Ask your child who the people are and how they know them.
  • Look out for symptoms on cyber-bullying - Changes in mood, behavior, appetite, or signs of depression or anxiety.