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As a teacher, I have had to deal with cyberbullying often. I address it as I would any other bullying, but I recognize it as more serious. Cyberbullying allows the bully to be more invasive, and literally target the victim in his or her own home.
There are a number of online sources that offer information on how to prevent and to stop cyberbullying. One organization, www.cyberbullying.org suggests that a person do several things, among them these:
- never reply to cyberbullying, but do not erase the messages as they may be used as evidence.
- Inform the Internet Service Provider (ISP), and inform your local police.
- Protect yourself. Never agree to meet anyone with whom you have communicated online.
Parents can purchase software from security companies such as McAfee that filters chat rooms and instant messaging, ensuring that a child will not be exposed to unsuitable discussion or send personal information inadvertently. There is also a "Predator Guard" that scans text, capturing and logging "violations."
If a person receives bullying through email, the best thing to do is delete emails and set up a new account.
There are lots of ways. If you're looking for stuff for a pamphlet, here are a couple of websites you could use to find ideas:
I think that the best ways to stop cyberbullying involve getting more people to speak out against the bullies. In other words, when someone bullies someone else online, call them on it. If they post nasty stuff on Facebook, post things criticizing them for saying that kind of stuff. If they keep doing it, defriend them.
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