Cyberbullying can take many forms.
Compared to traditional bullying, which is typically confined to the neighborhood or school, cyberbullying may seem even more
powerful because it can invade a child's life that was once considered private. No place and no time are off limits to cyberbullying.
Children and teens can receive threatening e-mails, cruel IMs or texts can arrive at any time day or night. Some wake up to
find angry or humiliating texts on their phone. This type of bullying can occur 24/7. It can feel that no place is safe anymore
to a child being cyberbullied.
Most cyberbulling involving kids and teens is done by their
peers and occurs as early as 2nd grade. Cyberbullying takes many forms, with the most common being:
- sending insulting or threatening emails, texts, or instant messages
directly to someone using a computer, cell phone or other e-communication device.
- spreading hateful comments about someone through emails, blogs, online profiles
or chat rooms.
- stealing passwords and sending out
threatening messages using a false identity
a Web site targeting specific people
middle school children report being cyberbullied at least once
32% of American teens who use the Internet report some form of online harassment
In a recent study, 72% of participants, ages 12-17, claimed they knew who was doing
New Jersey State
Electronic communication is
added to the definition of bullying, and schools may discipline when acts disrupt school. (Sec. 18A: 37-14
In 2008, New Jersey became one of
the first states to address a cyberbullying policy for college and university students.
Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden Truth about the Pre-Teen
Years by Carly Pickhardt, PhD (2010)
"Early adolescence is a phase of anxiety, uncertainty and insecurity. To make matters worse, although
all kids are going through the same transformation, none of them share what it is like, each feeling alone, isolated
and unique. The result is that even fantastic kids will do and say harmful things." Carl Pickhardt. This book
discusses social cruelty, early adolescence, teasing, exclusion, bullying, rumoring, ganing up, what the school
can do and the gifts of adversity.
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and
Consequences Begin? by Judge Tom Jacobs ( Thomas Jacobs, JD has served as Arizona Assistant Attorney General,
a Superior Court Juvenile Division judge, a family court judge, and an adjunct professor at the Arizona State Univ
School of Social Work. ) This book discusses the rights of free speech and privacy in the Internet age.
Learn what cyberbulling is and what you can do about it. Cyberbullying includes:
- spreading harassing emails, voicemails, texts or IM's to someone
- spreading hateful comments online about someone
- stealing passwords and sending threatening messages using a false
- building a Web site to target specific
Stop Bullying Now!
may be getting bullied or maybe you are the bully. Either way the bullying needs to stop. With animated podcasts
and games, this site has a lot of information about why kids bully and what to do about it if you see it, feel it
or do it.
Where to get Immediate Help:
you are currently dealing with cyberbullying and need help right away, talk to a parent, teacher, counselor, or
other trusted adult. Or contact one of these resources:
Wired Safety Online
Click on the "cyberstalking, Cyberbullying and Cyberabuse Helpline" and follow the
instruction to obtain help.
Click on the "Get Help Now" and follow the instruction to obtain help.
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
anytime or chat online 4pm-12am CST. All calls and chats are anonymous and confidential.
Sexual Assault Online Helpline
a free confidential secure service that provides live online
help. Or call directly 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 911