Saying mean or hurtful comments to others is never OK, whether people are saying them face-to-face or through the Internet. Cyber bullying is when kids are bullied outside of the classroom, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace, and even through cell phone texts. If you or one of your friends is being cyber bullied, you can help make it stop by talking to someone who you trust.
- Talk to a family member. Let your parents, brother, sister or other close family member know what’s going on. They care about you and want to keep you safe.
- Talk to a teacher or principal. Even if it’s not happening on school grounds, don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher. He or she can help put a stop to cyber bullying.
- Talk to a guidance counselor. Your school counselor’s job is to help you with your problems. You can talk to your counselor to determine the best way stop the bullying.
Report Abusive Content of Facebook and Twitter
Social networking websites are meant to be safe, friendly places, where people can connect and have fun. These sites want to keep the negative behavior out, so there are easy ways to block people online or report abusive content. Talk to your parents about how to make your profile private, how to “unfriend” or block certain users, and how to make a report against someone.