Did You Know?

19% of teens report having been bullied either in person, online, by text, or by phone.

Half of bullied teens say they were bullied in multiple ways.

Lenhart A. Teens, Kindness and Curelty on Social Network Sites; How American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenship". Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2011.

What you can do to stop Cyberbullying
Learn about cyberbullying and how you can help prevent it.

Would you recognize cyberbullying if you saw it? Here are some examples:

  • Recurring cruel comments on social media sites like Facebook and Ask.Fm.
  • Embarrassing images posted to Instagram and forwarded via cellphone.
  • Threatening or harassing texts received at all hours of the day and night.

Signs Your Child May Be a Victim of Cyberbullying

  • Avoids the computer, cell phone, and other technological devices or appears stressed when receiving an e-mail, instant message, or text
  • Withdraws from family and friends or acts reluctant to attend school and social events
  • Avoids conversations about computer use
  • Exhibits signs of low self-esteem including depression and/or fear
  • Has declining grades
  • Has poor eating or sleeping habits

You may have heard stories about the results of cyberbullyingstudents suspended, children afraid to go to school and in rare, tragic cases committing suicide. These consequences all point to one thing: It’s time to do something about cyberbullying!


Help protect children from bullying

Don't wait until a child has been cyberbullied to talk about it. The messages below can help children think before they cyberbully, stop it from escalating, and create an environment where cyberbullying is not accepted.

  • It's OK not to like someone. It's not OK to bully them.
  • If you see something online that's meant to hurt someone, don't "like" or share it. Think about how you'd feel if someone did that to you. 
  • If someone cyberbullies you, you may want to send a mean comment back, but it could make this worse. Instead, save the evidence and report it. 
  • Being a good digital citizen means standing up for others. Take steps to help peers being cyberbullied (eg., post nice comments, sit with them at lunch, report the harassment, etc.).

Discussion Starters

Start a discussion with your child

Use these discussion starters to get an Internet safety conversation going with your children. 

Ask children:

  • Have you ever been upset with someone online? How did you deal with it?
  • Has someone ever sent you a mean message online? How did it make you feel?
  • If you knew someone was being cyberbullied, what would you do?
  • Do you know where to report cyberbullying on the websites and apps you use? Who would you talk to at school?