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Introduction

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that uses digital devices such as cell phone, computers, and tablets to harass, embarrass, threaten, or intimidate another person. It has become increasingly problematic in today's society, especially among teens. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, text messages, social media, online gaming, forums, or other apps through which people can view or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.

Types of Cyberbullying

types of cybebullying
Harassment

Sending malicious and offensive content repeatedly, also called cyberstalking. It involves routine threatening and rude messages.

Flaming

It refers more to online fighting and arguing on messaging, email, and chat. You can call it online public bullying that often involves harsh language and images.

Exclusion

Singling out a person and leaving that person out of online sites and chats. The group then makes rude or mean comments about the person excluded.

Outing

Outing is when the cyberbully shares very personal and private information about a person which can include images and videos.

Masquerading

The cyberbully creates a false identity to harass the person anonymously. Also, the bully may pretend to be another person and send the victim nasty messages.

Cyberbullying Facts

Common Statistics

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common cyberbullying statistics mobile

Where Cyberbullying is Most Prevalent

According to Ipsos, the global awareness of cyberbullying is only 75%, which means that 25% of people have never heard of it. The research also shows that nearly 1/5 parents worldwide say their child has experienced cyberbullying, while the specific data varies from country to country.

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Effects of Cyberbullying on Kids

To better understand some effects of cyberbullying on kids, please take a look at the following findings from the Ditch the Label.

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effects of cyberbullying mobile

Reactions of Cyberbullying

Teens currently use their own methods to counter cyberbullying. Here are some findings about how teens respond to cyberbullying and what they think about their parents or other groups in addressing cyberbullying.

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reactions of cyberbullying mobile

Cyberbullying On Social Media

Cyberbullying on social media can happen to anyone at any time as social media is the most common platform. The Ditch the Label finds the below social media platforms are easy to have cyberbullying for young people.

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How Social Media Apps Fight against Cyberbullying

As stated above, cyberbullying often involves social media platforms. Therefore, here are some support and safety sites from social media, offering safety advice and report entrances for children and parents.

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Facebook

Bullying prevention and reporting tips for teens and parents

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Twitter

Rules of posting, safety blog posts, and reporting guidance.

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Instagram

Tips for parents and report guidance on Instagram.

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YouTube

Common-sense rules, YouTube tools & resources, and report guidance.

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Snapchat

Provides tips & tricks and frequently asked questions about Snapchat.

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Facebook

Bullying prevention and reporting tips for teens and parents

Twitter

Rules of posting, safety blog posts, and reporting guidance.

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Instagram

Tips for parents and report guidance on Instagram.

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YouTube

Common-sense rules, YouTube tools & resources, and report guidance.

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Snapchat

Provides tips & tricks and frequently asked questions about Snapchat.

However, Sometimes They Just Don't Do Enough

Most of the apps and social networking sites state that bullying, abusive behaviors are banned. However, most of the time they just give tips and reporting guides and most people who reported cyberbullying said that no action was taken.

Do social networks do enough to prevent cyberbullying?

NO
71% said no
YES
29% said yes

How FamiSafe Fights against Cyberbullying

FamiSafe is a high-tech solution for cyberbullying menace.

Obsessive phone usage and cyberbullying on social media

Now, heavy cell phone users are more likely to be cell phone misusers, which means they are more likely to become cyberbullies or experience cyberbullying themselves.

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App Usage & Blocker and Activity Report

Parents can monitor and control obsessive phone usage by limiting screen time or blocking harmful apps. They can also get daily phone activity report, and avoid running behind their kids.

Suicide encouraging, online sexual grooming, social media bullying

Many teenagers are harassed or cyberstalked on social media by online predators or Internet trolls daily.

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Explicit content detection and unique alert words setting

When cyberbullying happens, parents can spot warning signs from their kids' SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, Messenger Lite, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, KiK, Gmail. Also, they can create exclusive alert word list like dangerous teen slang and get a warning. In short, put an end to cyberbullying at one go.

Nonconsensual nude picture sharing, sexting, online sexual abuse, revenge porn, child porn

Many teenaged girls share nude pictures of themselves with their boyfriends but don’t know these images are shared on social media or websites.

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Suspicious Photos Detection

Suspicious photos detection protects kid's privacy and safety. Parents will receive instant alerts when questionable pictures like nude photos get detected so they can prevent things from getting worse.

FamiSafe is always protecting millions of families, spotting dangers, and putting an end to them.

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Children should be able to live a life free from bullying and harassment and it is time that we all took a stand against this

— Katherine Jenkins

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True Stories

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Elizabeth Velásquez

When Elizabeth Velásquez was 26-year-old, she faced cyberbullying and was labelled "The World's Ugliest Woman" in a YouTube video. Instead of being a cyberbullying victim, she started making inspirational YouTube videos with various topics including makeup tips, daily updates, etc. and became an anti-bullying activist.

From: Latin Times

cyberbullying story Mallory
Mallory

Mallory, who was from New Jersey, US, had faced months of cyberbullying from her classmates. She was sent text and Snapchat messages calling her a "loser," making fun of her looks and prompting her to end her life. She was only 12-year-old and finally took her own life due to online bullying.

From: BBC News

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Rebecca

Rebecca, (different name), told that she got bullied after an innocent photo of her wearing a low-cut top at a party got shared on Snapchat by her boyfriend's ex. She said, "I froze, and I was speechless. I didn't know what to think about it. It made me feel so bad about myself."

From: BBC News

cyberbullying story Ananya Panday
Ananya Panday

Actress Ananya Panday started an online campaign called 'So Positive,' to confront cyberbullying. She said trolling, and other such acts leave an impact on the mind of youngsters who are in a transformative age. She shared, "When someone said that my body looks like a 14-year-old boy's, how could that be criticism? That is bullying."

From: The Times of India

Tips to Stop Cyberbullying

1. Anti-cyberbullying organizations

There are some professional charities and organizations in cyberbullying and provide lots of information, advice, and bullying prevention training on their websites.

endcyberbullying.org
endcyberbullying.org

Their goal is to prevent cyberbullying by sharing stories of victims and analyzing them. ETCB helps figure out how you got bullied and why it was so hurtful.

stompoutbullying.org
stompoutbullying.org

It is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to change the culture for all students. The live HelpChat Line is a free service for kids aged 13 to 24.

stopbullying.gov
stopbullying.gov

Bullying Prevention Training Center allows you to learn the fundamental steps that you can take to address cyberbullying issues and help victims.

cybersmile.org
cybersmile.org

It is an anti-cyberbullying non-profit organization that is committed to tackling all forms of digital abuse, harassment, and online bullying.

education.com
education.com

Bullying at School and Online: A resource for both teachers and parents on how to help a bullied child.

pacer.org
pacer.org

National Bullying Prevention Center offers resources on how to teach kids of all ages about bullying and state laws. Also, what parents can do if their child is getting bullied and peer advocacy groups.

endcyberbullying.org
endcyberbullying.org

Their goal is to prevent cyberbullying by sharing stories of victims and analyzing them. ETCB helps figure out how you got bullied and why it was so hurtful.

stompoutbullying.org
stompoutbullying.org

It is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to change the culture for all students. The live HelpChat Line is a free service for kids aged 13 to 24.

stopbullying.gov
stopbullying.gov

Bullying Prevention Training Center allows you to learn the fundamental steps that you can take to address cyberbullying issues and help victims.

cybersmile.org
cybersmile.org

It is an anti-cyberbullying non-profit organization that is committed to tackling all forms of digital abuse, harassment, and online bullying.

education.com
education.com

Bullying at School and Online: A resource for both teachers and parents on how to help a bullied child.

pacer.org
pacer.org

National Bullying Prevention Center offers resources on how to teach kids of all ages about bullying and state laws. Also, what parents can do if their child is getting bullied and peer advocacy groups.

2. Tips for Parents, Kids and Teachers

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For parents whose kid are cyberbullied

  • Be supportive and understanding
  • Find out details about the cyberbullying
  • Have meaningful online safety conversations
  • Use parental control app and manage children’s social media activity

Here are three primary ways of how childhood bullying impacts:

1. At higher risk of developing psychological disorders as an adult.

2. Suffer the after-effects of "toxic stress."

3. More likely to smoke and have fewer friends as adults

tips for parents

For parents whose kid are cyberbullies

  • Try and establish the facts and find out why
  • Take the situation seriously and don’t blame someone else
  • Tell them that bullying other’s online is unacceptable
  • Model and encourage positive behavior
  1. Sometimes kids will cyberbully to fit in with a group of friends or a clique.
  2. They believe if they post things anonymously that they won’t get caught.
  3. Some bored kids are sometimes looking for entertainment so they cyberbully others to add some excitement.
  4. Cyberbullies want to gain some social power.
tips for kids

For kids who are cyberbullied

  • Don't respond to anything sent by cyberbullies.
  • Save evidence of the abuse
  • Tell an adult immediately
  • Consider contacting the local police
tips for bystanders

For kids who are bystanders

  • Don’t support or gossip about cyberbullying
  • Don’t put yourself in harm’s way
  • Report it to your school
  • Send the victim an encouraging text

The higher the number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in distress. Being part of a large crowd makes it so no single person has to take responsibility for an action.

tips for teachers

For teachers and school staff

  • Teach digital citizenship
  • Support children to speak out
  • Connect with parents in time
  • Understand reporting routes and responsibilities

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Quiz

1. Momo challenge is a famous funny game mainly shared on WhatsApp that lets children make friends with friendly kids.

Right! Momo challenge is a viral game shared on messaging services like WhatsApp that goads young children into violence or even suicide.
Wrong! Momo challenge is a viral game shared on messaging services like WhatsApp that goads young children into violence or even suicide.

2. Imagine, you walk past your kid’s room and see him or her typing on a Google Docs page. You think that he or she is probably busy preparing for a class report or essay.

Right! However, your kids could be in a secret chat room. They can create private, digital ‘burn books’ in Google Docs and invite others to contribute while leaving out the teased child. It is effortless for them to share links, photos, and memes besides writing mean or hurtful things in a shared Google Doc.
Wrong! However, your kids could be in a secret chat room. They can create private, digital ‘burn books’ in Google Docs and invite others to contribute while leaving out the teased child. It is effortless for them to share links, photos, and memes besides writing mean or hurtful things in a shared Google Doc.

3. Discord is a gaming app where kids can chat and make friends with other gamers. It is a fun and safe place.

Right! Well, some users engage in hostile behavior and abuse in chats. For example; bullying, racism, and harassment. All this could be too intense for teenagers and young kids.
Wrong! Well, some users engage in hostile behavior and abuse in chats. For example; bullying, racism, and harassment. All this could be too intense for teenagers and young kids.

4. Cyberstalking is not one form of cyberbullying, because you cannot stalk people on the Internet.

Right! Honestly, cyberstalking is one form of cyberbullying. The behaviors may include tracking down someone’s private information and using it to make them afraid. Also, texting them hundreds of times a day to let them know you are watching.
Wrong! Honestly, cyberstalking is one form of cyberbullying. The behaviors may include tracking down someone’s private information and using it to make them afraid. Also, texting them hundreds of times a day to let them know you are watching.

5. Roasting is a light-hearted or a fun game for teens on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit.

Right! Roasting is a virulent form of cyberbullying. It involves people asking others to get insulted by posting photos or videos of themselves on platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit, usually with the hashtag #roastme. Sometimes the insults are light-hearted or humorous, but the comments can very quickly turn alarmingly mean.
Wrong! Roasting is a virulent form of cyberbullying. It involves people asking others to get insulted by posting photos or videos of themselves on platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit, usually with the hashtag #roastme. Sometimes the insults are light-hearted or humorous, but the comments can very quickly turn alarmingly mean.
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