Bullying from Behind a Screen
Cyberbullying is when the Internet, cell phones, or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. A school district can only get involved if the cyberbullying is occurring on school district grounds, at school district functions, on school transportation, or if occurs off school premises to the extent that it substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the student environment.
How to Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying
- Set cyber safety rules - two good guidelines are "don't do or say anything online that you wouldn't do or say in person," and "don't reveal anything online that you wouldn't tell a stranger."
- Know what your children are doing online - establish rules about your access to your child's cell phone, text history, social networking sites, and other accounts. Keep your child's computer in an open area where you can supervise his/her Internet activity.
- Talk to your child about their "digital footprint" - this includes the fact that what gets posted online stays online forever, and that what they post online can easily be shared, copied, and pasted in other places.
Facebook Protections Against Bullying
Check out Facebook's Family Safety Center for additional resources and tips: https://www.facebook.com/safety
- Unfollow/untag yourself from offending posts
- Unfriend the person
- Report the bullying content to Facebook - click the little arrow in the upper right of the post
- Block the person - they can no longer see you or any of your posts nor you him/her
- Social reporting - get help from a trusted friend using this built in tool that allows you to communicate through a friend to the person doing the bullying about the content they have posted that you don't like